Ascent of Templeton Mountain on 2015-05-03

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Templeton Mountain
    Elevation:9960 ft / 3035 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my enjoyable ascent of Kern Peak, I headed back to the trail and then down to the meadows. I then headed straight up Templeton Mtn. The register on top is a typical MacLeod-Lilley one, dating to 1984. The last ascent in the register was a group of friends: Matt Hengst, Jenn Blackie, and Amin Faraday! The ascent is unremarkable, steepening as you ascend. The top has views in between the trees in most directions.

Once I arrived back at camp, I gathered my stuff and headed for the trailhead. I topped off with a liter of water at the South Fork of the Kern River when I crossed it. Once I topped out on the pass next to Brown Mtn, I made the only bad decision of the trip: I opted to contour around to the PCT instead of losing and re-gaining 1,000 ft down to Monache Meadow and back up. This was a very poor idea. It started out in an nice open forest, but eventually got into a burned area with heavy brush - ugh... It ended up being 5 miles of walking vs 4 miles if I had stuck to the trail and probably enough up, down, struggling, and bushwhacking that more than exerted more effort than the measly 1,000 ft of gain would have been. Poor decisions....

I arrived at the PCT at 8:45 pm, an hour after I would have reached it had I just taken the 1,000 ft of descent and re-ascent. Good call. The hike out took me another 3 hours. I arrived at the Yaris at 11:57pm, beating my goal of midnight! I arrived home in Vista at 4am. Pics

Stats for the trip:
54.4 miles
31.5 hours hiking
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2280 ft / 694 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2280 ft / 694 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1280 ft / 390 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route:West Slopes
    Start Trailhead:8680 ft / 2645 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: South Sierra '15 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
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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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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