Ascent of Last Chance Mountain on 2014-03-22

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:rraine wajda -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Last Chance Mountain
    Elevation:8456 ft / 2577 m

Ascent Trip Report

We drove up that morning, covering the 25+ miles of the washboarded Death Valley Road to the southern route up this peak. While not as bad as Dennis Poulin's report, the road still was plenty washboarded, and there were several narrow but deep washouts along the way that could break an axle if hit at speed. We passed the turnoff to Last Chance Springs, passed the pullout for Sandy Point, and headed over the pass to the now decommissioned mine. Following the road in, we drove to about 6500' and parked in a flat area outside a mine adit. There were several of these here, just inside the DVNP boundary (which excludes a large around in the vicinity of the pass). We hiked up an old road into a drainage and followed it up to a saddle at approximately 7300', turned left onto the ridge and followed it up and down over several bumps to the summit. Views were extraordinary, encompassing much of the DVNP area, White and Inyo Mountains, and the Sierra Crest. We spent the night where we parked, then drove back a few miles to the Sandy Point pullout and I climbed Sandy Point from there on Sunday.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Southern Ridge
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Last Chance and Sandy Point (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Last Chance Mountain2014-03-22 
2Sandy Point2014-03-23 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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