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Ascent of Reynolds Peak on 2016-08-06

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Others in Party:Jerry Kohn
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Reynolds Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:9680 ft / 2950 m

Ascent Trip Report

jerry was looking for company for this tricky hike. it was to be his 62nd ogul (only my 21st). i would probably have procrastinated on this peak for a while because the trip reports were kind of scary.

we mostly tried to follow marcus sierra's track (at least his descent section which he indicated was better than the ascent). we had also referred to bob burd and john fedak's reports. all three headed for the saddle at ~9560 south of the peak, but got there different ways. after reaching the saddle all three headed north on the west side of the summit crest, and then ascended the summit from the north side.

once we got to the base of the mountain it looked pretty challenging, and we weren't sure how we were going to get up toward that saddle. we basically started uphill hoping the path would become more obvious. eventually a chute made itself apparent, it looked within our skills. everything that others have said about the poor quality of holds, slippery gravel, etc. would prove to be true. we ran into about 3 sections which required tricky class 3 moves (i was even spread-eagled at one point, but jerry found another path past that section). the rest was class 3... the longest sustained climb either of us had accomplished.

given the challenge we faced getting to the saddle we both approached the summit rock with some concern (again based on previous trip reports). we ate lunch while we studied the summit rock... but really it didn't look too difficult: we took fedak's advice "exposure free route up the spine of the summit block". the "crux" is a boulder which you need to climb over top of (this is where the term "airy class 3" from other reports rings true), but it seemed much more obvious to us than the challenges we faced getting up to the saddle earlier in the hike.

great views up top. signed the register.

marmots sure like to leave their turds all over this summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2608 ft / 794 m
    Extra Gain:841 ft / 256 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.4 mi / 15.2 km
    Route:PCT + XC
    Trailhead:CA-4  8754 ft / 2668 m
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 42 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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