Ascent of Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge on 2016-08-12

Climber: Dick Ellsworth

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Parsons Peak-Northwest Ridge
    Elevation:12040 ft / 3669 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 1: Late start, i was hoping to make it to Ireland Lake to camp, but i only got as far as the point where the trail swings away from Ireland Creek. I made a nice bivy site behind the 30' split boulder that's obvious from the trail.

Day 2: Summit and back. Up the loose talus of the SE slopes. I pulled a large block down, but jumped out of the way before i got squashed. On top i could not find a cairn or register so i left a cairn where Andrew's Peakbagger app indicated the county lines intersected. I tried to return to the S saddle via the more stable W slopes, but got cliffed out at the end. So i went up and over the peak and back down the S slope. I saw two huge deer by Ireland Lake on the descent.

Day 3: Out to Tuolumne.
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There wasn't a cairn at the HP so i built one where the Peakbagger app indicated the county line merging with Tuolumne Co (2016-08-12). Photo by Dick Ellsworth.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Lyell Canyon/Ireland Lake
Descent Statistics

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