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Ascent of Mount Tom on 2002-10-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Tom
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9026 ft / 2751 m

Ascent Trip Report

From 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'.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Good, hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Drive-up
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