Ascent of Mount Conness on 2014-09-21

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Marian Mirza
Madalina G.
Date:Sunday, September 21, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Conness
    Elevation:12590 ft / 3837 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trip to Yosemite started out under clear and sunny skies, but turned ugly on Saturday night when a storm dumped everything from rain to hail on us while camped out at the upper Young Lake. Had lightning and thunder through half of the night. The forecast wasn't calling for anything that intense, so we attributed it to the remnants of the last hurricane in Mexico.

The next day clouds were building up again, so we packed up to head down, but on a whim I decided to go up to the saddle between Conness and White Mountain to check the conditions. Marian accompanied me while Madalina remained at base camp with our packs. We could see fresh snow on the upper plateau, but it didn't seem deep. We made our way up the south slopes fast and since the weather seemed to be holding, we decided to go for the summit. It was windy and cold, and the summit ridge can be treacherous when slippery from snow or water, but we picked our way carefully across class 2 and 3 moves and summited before noon. We even got lucky to get a bit of sun for some nice photos.

As soon as we got down off the ridge, most of the blue sky was swallowed in clouds, which threatened to start dropping precipitation at any moment. We made it back to camp still dry, and from there hiked out to the cars under continuous rain threat, which fortunately never came. We really lucked out, again. Had dinner at Whoa Nellie Deli before completing the long drive back to southern California.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3440 ft / 1048 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5090 ft / 1550 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.4 mi / 21.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2540 ft / 774 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2340 ft / 713 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:South Slopes XC
    Start Trailhead:Upper Young Lake  10250 ft / 3124 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4890 ft / 1490 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3990 ft / 1216 m; Extra: 900 ft / 274m
    Gain on way out:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:10.3 mi / 16.5 km
    Route:Young Lakes East/Dog Lake Trails
    End Trailhead:Young Lakes Trailhead  8600 ft / 2621 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Conness 09-14 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Conness-Upper Young Lake2014-09-202050 ft / 625 m
2Mount Conness2014-09-213440 ft / 1049 m
Total Trip Gain: 5490 ft / 1674 m    Total Trip Loss: 5490 ft / 1673 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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