Ascent of Mount Tom on 2002-10-09
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 9, 2002|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Summit:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||9026 ft / 2751 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom the Kaiser Pass Rd (FS 80) north of Huntington Lake, turn off at FS 5 and follow it past Sample Meadow to FSR 6S02, which leads in 4.8 miles to Mt. Tom and the L.O. Mt. Tom L.O. is, I believe, the highest active L.O. in California; it has been in business since 1937. The tower, manned today by veteran Jim Payne, has excellent views of Ritter and Banner, Mammoth Mountain, the Sierra Crest to the east (I think Bear Creek Spire is the most prominent peak), and the Kaiser Wilderness to the south, Unfortunately, today's haze diminished the clarity of these killer views. The L.O. is a 14'x14' "L-4" wooden cab with a full wrap-around 3' wide catwalk and is an adaptation of an Alladin design. An unusual straight staircase rises to the top of a 30' K-braced steel tower for an overall height of 43'.
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| Quality:||1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Weather:||Good, hazy|
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