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Ascent of Mount Tom on 2016-08-12

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Friday, August 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Tom
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:13652 ft / 4161 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got off to a bit of a late start at 9 AM from the gate at the end of Buttermilk Road, temps were already over 70, which may have slowed our pace a bit. Straightforward hike up to the hanging valley and over to the Tungstar mine, taking a bit under 4 1/2 to get to this point. From there things got really, tough, It took 2 1/2 hours (!) for us to make the final ascent up the extremely steep slope which I show as 1 mile and 1800 vertical per my GPS (thanks to our circular route, if you go straight up it would be less than 1 mile). We followed a sandy use trail for the first 600 vertical feet which was okay, then tried to stay on rock wherever we could but the whole slope was loose junk, fortunately nothing too big that we had to worry about. 7 hours after starting out we topped out. We spent a half hour up top enjoying the awesome views, then got back down in 4 hours. I was dragging a bit the next day when we went to Mt. Goode!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5904 ft / 1799 m
    Total Elevation Loss:251 ft / 76 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5904 ft / 1799 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5653 ft / 1723 m; Extra: 251 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:251 ft / 76 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.6 km
    Start Trailhead:7999 ft / 2438 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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