Ascent of Deerhorn Mountain on 1995-07-23

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Sierra Club SPS group
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 23, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Deerhorn Mountain
    Elevation:13281 ft / 4048 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a Sierra Peaks Section backpack trip led by Dave Dykeman and Nancy Gordon. Also, this was an extremely big snow year, which required a lot of snow travel, and the streams were very full and dangerous! On the second day from Upper Vidette Lake, our group made its way up the drainage, putting on crampons and getting out the ice axes when we hit the snow, then each person in the group took turns breaking trail up the snow to the base of the Northeast Buttress. Next, we made our way onto and up the buttress to just below its top, dropped down to the notch between the two peaks, then climbed up the Northwest Arête to the summit. This route is class 3 with careful route finding.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9940 ft / 3029 m
    Extra Gain:2920 ft / 890 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18 mi / 29 km
    Route:NE Buttress/NW Arete
    Trailhead:Onion Valley  9181 ft / 2798 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Nights Spent:3 nights away from roads

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