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Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2013-08-10

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Austin Hubbuch
BLMhikergirl Pipps
Aleksandr E
Joseph K
Date:Saturday, August 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my second ascent of White Mountain, done primarily as a workout and for some extra time at elevation.

I spent a very cold night in the tent, which basically kept me awake all night, having not brought equipment and clothing equal to the mildly cold conditions (mid 30's F) at the trailhead/campsite. Lesson learned there!

Next day, I set off at a good pace, hiking with Joseph past the sorta-locked gate and up the well graded road to the Barcroft Research Station, and then up the hill to the observatory area. Past the research station, the road becomes a jeep/atv affair, but is still a pretty smooth hiking route. From there I ran the next mile or so, dropping elevation from just over 12700' to around 12500', then up a little. I felt good running, but later it seemed to have taken a toll on my lungs a bit and I didn't feel great during the rest of the ascent. I tried sidehilling the rise on the trail that drops 180' back down to the saddle. While this saved me some regain, the resulting Class 2 on sections of loose talus slowed me down and proved awkward, essentially making the elevation saving a push in terms of effort. I decided to just take the trail on the return trip, which seemed easier.

At the summit, I was cold in my long sleeve T-shirt, so after less than 15 minutes of sitting around waiting for the rest of the group, I began shivering and packed up and began my descent, just as Anji and Austin reached the summit. I had wanted to run large portions of the descent, but wasn't feeling well and was concerned that maybe the lack of sleep and the running I had already done were adding up to mild AMS. So I skipped the additional running and just held a steady walk on the way down. I did not feel any better as I got lower, and eventually became nauseated during the drive out to the highway. I think I just didn't eat enough food the day before, and was getting a migraine - a problem I have unfortunately run into before.

Overall, I got a good workout in, and had a fun trip, in spite of the lack of sleep and not feeling great during a portion of the trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3326 ft / 1012 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3326 ft / 1012 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.6 mi / 23.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Clear and very cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2910 ft / 886 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2563 ft / 782 m; Extra: 347 ft / 105m
    Loss on way in:347 ft / 105 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:White Mountain Road
    Start Trailhead:Lower Gate  11683 ft / 3560 m
    Time:2 Hours 41 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2979 ft / 907 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2563 ft / 782 m; Extra: 416 ft / 126m
    Gain on way out:416 ft / 126 m
    Distance:7.4 mi / 11.9 km
    Route:White Mountain Road
    End Trailhead:Lower Gate  11683 ft / 3560 m
    Time:2 Hours 51 Minutes
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