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Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2013-08-18

Climber: David Hubbard

Others in Party:Cheryl Hubbard
Date:Sunday, August 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

Once again we underestimated the difficulty of the hike because we think we're still 30 instead of 62. We stayed in Bishop the night before, and if anyone wants to do that, remember it will take all of 2 hours to get to the TH. That 15 mi dirt road is very time consuming. When we got to the "locked" gait, we found it was not locked, but the only sign there said foot traffic only, no vehicles without permit, etc. A couple of young ladies stopped there to use the new restroom, and one mentioned she worked for the Forest Service. Then they got in their car and drove up the road toward the Research facility. We figured they could go up because she worked for the Forest Service. So we started the hike up, and when we got about 100 yards from the Research Facility a friendly fellow drove up and told us that today only we could have driven up this 2 miles to the Facility. Now you tell us!!! A sign on the gate would have been nice! So we wound up doing 4 extra miles for nothing. The hike is obviously very straight forward...no way to lost or anything. We were really crawling up that last 2 miles of switchbacks. I think the altitude started bothering me at about 13,800 because I started getting a little nauseous and didn't have much of an appetite at the top. Maybe it was just severe fatigue. I could really feel that leaky heart valve I might get repaired one day. Most times it doesn't bother me enough.

On the lengthy drive home we ran into a fantastic thunderstorm, complete with mudslides on the road, and lightning caused fire that we saw as it started right outside of Bishop. When we got into Bishop the power went out in about half the town. But we found a real good pizza place called the Upper Crust... They even had whole wheat crust, which very rare. Also on the way home we saw our first Mountain Blue Bird (Nevada's state bird), which puts our life list at 83 (another hobby we started very late in life).

We had planned to try Mt. Elbert next month, but now I think it would probably be to tough for us. Maybe we'll try an easier 14er when we get to Colorado.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2563 ft / 781 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2563 ft / 781 m
    Route:Road
    Start Trailhead:Locked gait  11683 ft / 3560 m
Descent Statistics



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