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Ascent of Olancha Peak on 2015-05-02

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 2, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Olancha Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12123 ft / 3695 m

Ascent Trip Report

Long hike, but rewarding! I started at 6pm on Friday night from the Sage Flats trailhead. I made it to ~9,400 ft along the PCT and found a nice spot to toss my bag on the ground and sleep around 9pm. I was warned about the lack of water by some fellow hikers at the trailhead and by a pair of hikers at Summit Meadows. I would not see any other humans from the time I left my camp along the PCT on Saturday morning until I returned to my car on Sunday evening. Once I left camp, I was lucky enough to find water flowing from a spring just off the trail at around 9,700 ft. I wisely filled up all 3 liters of my carrying capacity. I cut off the trail near the notch between Olancha and the subpeak to the south. I stayed just to the west of the south ridge for the entire ascent. The peak is a class 2 scramble at most and then only slightly scrambly at the very top. I took a short break on top with the obligatory summit photos and snack. No register, no surprise... I carried my full pack over the peak since I descended the other side.

For hikers looking for info for 2015 ascents: The only water between the trailhead and summit is the spring at 9,700, which was running pretty low when I topped off my bottles there. There is NO water in Summit Meadows or any of the other streams near the trail. If you are dayhiking, bring what you need. For overnights, I would bring enough to get you through. I'm not sure how much longer that spring at 9,700 will flow this season. This drought is downright tragic for the forest...

Onward to Cartago Peak!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6283 ft / 1915 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Headlamp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6283 ft / 1915 m
    Route:Olancha Pass Tr to PCT NB
    Start Trailhead:5840 ft / 1780 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: South Sierra '15 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Olancha Peak2015-05-02 a6283 ft / 1915 m
2Cartago Peak2015-05-02 b1480 ft / 451 m
3Kern Peak2015-05-03 a2800 ft / 853 m
4Templeton Mountain2015-05-03 b2280 ft / 695 m
Total Trip Gain: 12843 ft / 3914 m    Total Trip Loss: 1000 ft / 305 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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