Ascent of Panamint Butte on 2013-11-16
|Others in Party:||Joel Brewster|
James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, November 16, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||6584 ft / 2006 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor the first portion of this trip, please see my report under Towne Benchmark.
From the saddle, we immediately began heading up a fairly gentle ridge toward a series of small peaklets. One of these is listed here in peakbagger (provisionally) but is so minor I opted not to include it as a separate peak. The top of the ridge is mostly covered in a minor rocky outcrop, but is easily bypassed to either side, or climbed. The ridgeline began to veer north, and some debate ensued over which of the two remaining high points on our route was actually Panamint Butte. One spot to our left (west) seemed higher, and some were convinced by their GPS readings that it was the actual peak. Others opted for the one we were sort of on course for (north). A decision was made to head north, then west to the first peak. But Jim and I soon agreed the peak to the west wasn't the correct one, and convinced everyone to head for the north peak, which turned out to be the correct one.
More photos, snacks, and register signings at the summit.
For the trip back to Towne Benchmark, we decided to try a line further to the north that seemed to ascend a more gradual, and hopefully more solid, slope. We hit the valley bottom at a point more to the north and got ready to head up the slope.
For the last portion of this trip, please see my report under Towne Benchmark (second instance, same date). GPS track shown is for the entire outing.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1079 ft / 328 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1291 ft / 392 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.2 mi / 5.2 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Open Country|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
Sunny but hazy
| Gain on way in:||1061 ft / 323 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 554 ft / 169 m; Extra: 507 ft / 154m|
| Loss on way in:||507 ft / 154 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||Southeast Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Saddle with Towne Benchmark 6030 ft / 1837 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 26 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||784 ft / 238 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 766 ft / 233 m; Extra: 18 ft / 5m|
| Gain on way out:||18 ft / 5 m|
| Distance:||1.2 mi / 1.9 km|
| Route:||East Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Saddle with Towne Benchmark 5818 ft / 1773 m|
| Time:||38 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Towne_Panamint (0 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 6422 ft / 1958 m Total Trip Loss: 6422 ft / 1957 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by BMS 914
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