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Ascent to Mount Starr-Top of ridge on 2016-07-03

Climber: Nitin Bahadur

Date:Sunday, July 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Starr - Top of ridge
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12777 ft / 3894 m
    Remaining Elevation:63 ft / 19 m (2% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed up from Mosquito camp ground trail head. There is a reason why that campground is named such!!! Hike up was ok. Few hundred feet of snow around Mono pass, but that wasn't bad.

For the main summit, we started up the scree and realized it was not a good idea. Then we took a sharp right and went up along along a mostly walkable path. Once we were at the ridge, we turned left towards the peak. This was mostly a Class 2-3 boulder climb (first class 3 climb for our group). We keep going along the ridge until we were about 300ft from the actual peak. And then we could not find a easily navigable path and had to turn back. Our highest elevation point was 12777...so I don't feel so bad. On the way down, we came down the scree (shortest path). I used my poles for support whereas another team member most sat and sled down.

I wish we had met Dean Gaudet earlier (see his trip report filed under the same day) and he would have guided us to the last part. The views from top of the ridge are amazing.

If you want to avoid the scree during the climb, look at the GPS track by Mihai.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2560 ft / 780 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2560 ft / 780 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.9 mi / 14.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2560 ft / 780 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Start Trailhead:10217 ft / 3114 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2560 ft / 780 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    End Trailhead:10217 ft / 3114 m



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