Ascent of Delano Peak on 2014-05-02

Climber: Andrew Sharp

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, May 2, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Delano Peak
    Elevation:12169 ft / 3709 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at the lower gate on Big John Flat road at 6:50AM and started hiking. The road was pretty dry with pockets of snow until ~9700' at which point the road was completely covered in snow for the remainder of the hike. The snow was pretty well consolidated so walking was not difficult.

I followed the road until it crossed Griffith Creek. From there I picked a route and walked through the snow up to the ridge. Most of the snow on the ridge had melted. There were sections of snow to cross but they weren't particularly large and the snow was consolidated.

I summited at ~11:30AM and signed the log. The mailbox could really use a jar or something inside to keep the log dry.

After lunch I glissaded down the east side of Delano and then hiked up to East Delano. I started towards Delano-Brigham Ridge peak but decided I'd had enough. This would be a fun ridge on a day when you can drive all the way to Griffith Creek.

I started back to the car around 1PM. By the time I got back to the road the snow had been warming all day and was pretty mushy. The walk back to the car was kind of miserable. I was back by 3:30PM. That was a pretty long walk.

The scenery was amazing. Lots of snow on all the surrounding mountains and in the meadows. It was sunny and cool with a light breeze. Couldn't ask for better weather. The only wildlife I saw was a porcupine.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Griffith Creek
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Sharp
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