Ascent of Porter Peak on 2016-04-17

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
Greg Gerlach -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, April 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Porter Peak
    Elevation:9101 ft / 2773 m

Ascent Trip Report

Timeline for a great weekend:

Friday 1:35pm: Depart USS Makin Island (LHD-8), San Diego
4:30pm: Arrive in Long Beach, load the van, park the Yaris in Keith's garage
5:00pm: Leave Long Beach, enjoy the company of others on the nightmare 91
7ish pm: Pakistani food in the 909
Midnight: Arrive at the trailhead
12:10am: Fellow trailhead bivouac adventurers ask Keith and James to not camp at the already crowded trailhead out of respect for their "solitude." Isn't this the busiest trailhead in Death Valley and we have the engine and lights off??? Greg remains asleep in his truck at the less-than-solitary trailhead: apparently he, 2 couples, and 15 boy scouts are "solitude" while Keith and James are the tipping point for "crowded." Keith and James head 2 minutes downhill after deciding that arguing with assholes is a waste of our time.

Saturday 6:20am: Awake
7:15am: Greg, Keith, and James depart trailhead
11:25am: Keith and James head up side canyon for Surprise Cyn Wilderness HP after ditching some gear near the trail
1:45pm: Arrive at Surprise Cyn Wilderness HP
2:30pm: Depart Surprise Cyn Wilderness HP after lunch, register drop, cairn build, and scoping potential other high point candidates.
5:45pm: Meet Greg at Panamint City campsite. He has already pulled a gallon of water for us - Thanks Greg!
8:45pm: Barlow passes out before the old guys

Sunday 6:10am: Awake
7:20am: Depart camp
11:20am: Arrive at Sentinel summit
2:30pm: Arrive at Porter summit
5:38pm: Sentinel summit redux
8pm: Arrive back at Panamint City camp - Keith and James have to work tomorrow...
8:23pm: Depart Panamint City camp, headlamps quickly come out
11:40pm: Arrive at the trailhed. Greg immediately makes dinner while prepping his sleeping spot. Keith and James hop in the van
2am?: Del Taco, Adelanto
4:40am: Arrive in Long Beach
4:55am: Yaris refuels in Seal Beach
5:55am: Arrive at Camp Pendleton to grab a few things from the office, shave, shower, put on uniform.
6:30am: Depart Camp Pendleton
7:20am: Arrive USS Makin Island (LHD-8), San Diego
8am: Work commences

Pics from the whole weekend of peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2741 ft / 835 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2220 ft / 676 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2741 ft / 835 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 521 ft / 158 m; Extra: 2220 ft / 676m
    Loss on way in:2220 ft / 676 m
    Route:Ridge from Sentinel
    Start Trailhead:8580 ft / 2615 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Panamint '16

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Surprise Canyon Wilderness High Point2016-04-166370 ft / 1942 m
2Sentinel Peak2016-04-17 a3314 ft / 1010 m
3Porter Peak2016-04-17 b2741 ft / 835 m
Total Trip Gain: 12425 ft / 3787 m    Total Trip Loss: 3460 ft / 1055 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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