Ascent of Black Kaweah on 1997-08-06

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Others in Party:Diann Fried
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 6, 1997
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Black Kaweah
    Elevation:13200 ft / 4023 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a day hike from the Big Arroyo. Diann Fried and I made our way up to the first chute of the Southwest Face route, ran into black ice, and ended up turning around because we did not have an ice ax or crampons. We dropped down several hundred feet, then made our way over to the class 3 West Ridge route. At about 13200' in elevation, we dropped down into a wide chute per the vague description in Steve Roper's Climbers Guide, but were unable to find a feasible, and class 3 route, to the top. Also, please see my 08-05-1997 Red Kaweah trip report for additional trip info and stats.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4050 ft / 1234 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4050 ft / 1234 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4050 ft / 1234 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3600 ft / 1097 m; Extra: 450 ft / 137m
    Loss on way in:450 ft / 137 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:SW Face/West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Big Arroyo  9600 ft / 2926 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:West Ridge to Big Arroyo
    End Trailhead:Big Arroyo  9600 ft / 2926 m

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