Ascent of Glass Mountain on 2013-04-20

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Collin Kamholz
Al Sandorff
BLMhikergirl Pipps
Toby Brewster
Sierra B
Harlan S
Joseph K
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Glass Mountain
    Elevation:11160 ft / 3401 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was supposed to be a short and easy hike up the mountain, but was complicated by its steep and loose terrain and considerable snow starting at about 10000'. As my approach shoes are terrible on snow, it made the ascent far more difficult than anticipated. When the snow cleared it revealed patches of what amounts to volcanic ash that is very soft and loose, making progress no less tough on my sore left Achilles tendon. The summit had spectacular views of the White Mountains on one side, and the Sierras on the other, all with lots of snow. I don't know that I have had better scenery on a summit! Mt Ritter and The Minarets were not far, and Montgomery/Boundary Peaks, along with Mt Dubois were close as well.

After a very long summit interval (1:39) waiting for the rest of the party to arrive, descent was a breeze, as the snow had softened in the sun and the ash was great for plunge stepping. I was actually sort of skiing on the snow in my approach shoes rather than glissading like other party members did.

Actual moving time was 1:01 up, 47 down, with a long (8 min) stop near the trailhead (end of the hike) to speak with Harlan on the way down. I didn't include the 8 minutes in my decent time stats.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2090 ft / 636 m
    Extra Gain:74 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:East Flank
    Trailhead:Blocked road off Sawmill Meadows Rd  9218 ft / 2809 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear sunny day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:47 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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