Ascent of Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge on 2015-08-30

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Gary Novotny
Keith Miller
Marian mirza
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge
    Elevation:12040 ft / 3669 m

Ascent Trip Report

See trip report posted under parent Parsons Peak.

Take-away points for Mariposa: Parsons is one of the easiest high CoHPs. Nothing technical about it, though ice/snow/precipitation could make the slabs and the SE slopes trickier. Main challenges are:
1) Permits - Wilderness permits for the Lyell Canyon trailhead are very hard to get in advance.
2) Access - Tioga Road is only open during summer. It can also close unexpectedly due to intense storms or fires.
3) Location - Shortest route to summit is 11.4 miles from Tuolumne Meadows. Dayhikes are possible, but they would make for a long day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:610 ft / 185 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.7 mi / 18.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Traverse to Parsons Peak
    Start Trailhead:Parsons Peak Summit  12040 ft / 3669 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4000 ft / 1219 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3390 ft / 1033 m; Extra: 610 ft / 185m
    Gain on way out:610 ft / 185 m
    Distance:11.4 mi / 18.4 km
    Route:Ireland Lake/Vogelsang HSC/Rafferty Creek XC
    End Trailhead:JMT Trailhead Tuolumne Meadows  8650 ft / 2636 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Yosemite 08-15 (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Parsons Peak-Ireland Lake2015-08-293150 ft / 960 m
2Parsons Peak2015-08-301440 ft / 439 m
3Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge2015-08-30610 ft / 186 m
Total Trip Gain: 5200 ft / 1585 m    Total Trip Loss: 5200 ft / 1585 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mihai Giurgiulescu
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