Ascent of Mount Gibbs on 2013-06-30

Climber: Patrick Bergeron

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Gibbs
    Elevation:12773 ft / 3893 m

Ascent Trip Report

After spending Saturday on Conness, the rest of the group was looking forward to sleeping in on Sunday and doing more of a short, leisurely hike around 10am. However, as I relaxed after getting back from Lembert Dome, all I could think of was my Gibbs failure the previous weekend. Come hell or high water, I wasn't going home without standing on top of that damn pile of rock. That means I would have to do it the next day, Sunday. Yet I also didn't want to do Gibbs and cause myself to miss a chance to do another quick hike with the group on Sunday. They were great company.

The obvious solution, of course, was to wake at 4am, leave Mono Pass Trailhead by 5am, and be back at the campground before the group left for their trip. So that's what I did. Besides, I read that the one-way trip from Mono Pass Trailhead to Gibbs via Gibb's western shoulder was only 3mi and a few thousand feet of gain. Surely I could finish it in 5 hours, right?

In short, yep. Navigation was a breeze, even through the wooded part after leaving the Mono trail - just keep heading up the tallest line ahead of you. The talus begins at 11000ft.

The talus was packed pretty well by my standards. It wasn't one of those demoralizing, two-steps-forward-then-one-step-sliding-backwards types of terrains. Or maybe it would be demoralizing to someone else? In my mind all I kept thinking about was how mad I had been last weekend at the eastern approach to Gibbs from Dana and how eager I was to look down from the pinnacle of it. No amount of talus would detract from that eagerness... As far as I'm concerned, this western route was essentially just a walk up.

I actually yelled "YAY!" or something to that effect once I topped out. It's silly, really, how this rinky-dink rock pile could have elicited such strong emotions from me, both during my unsuccessful trip and this successful one. I mean it's just Gibbs, right, not Rainier in the winter or The Nose on El Capitan. A few miles, a few thousand feet. The whole round trip took under 4hr car-to-car. But well there ya have it. And made it back to camp in plenty of time.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3273 ft / 997 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Mono Trail; XC
    Trailhead:Mono Pass Parking Lot  9600 ft / 2926 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 11 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Patrick Bergeron
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