Ascent to Mount Langley-Ridge to the SE of the summit on 2000-06-17

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 17, 2000
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Langley - Ridge to the SE of the summit
    Elevation:13000 ft / 3962 m
    Remaining Elevation:1026 ft / 313 m (25% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

For the weekend of the 16th to 18th, I hiked up to Cottonwood Lakes, and tried to do Mt. Langley (14,042). I drove up to the trailhead on Friday and spent the night there. On Saturday I departed the trailhead, and headed for the lakes. Partway there, I realized I forgot my camera, so I went back for it. I finally reached the lakes and made camp. After lunch and a nap I decided to go for the peak. I got to the east-southeast ridge, and it began to cloud up. I was also feeling the effects of the altitude. I was forced to stop short of the summit because I saw lightning, and was getting a headache and nausea from the altitude. On the way down, it began to hail and rain. I made it almost all the way to camp before it let up. On the way down, I noticed I was camped near a fish and game cabin. I stopped in to say hi, and met Dave and Dan, the Dept of Fish and Game guys. They were cool to me and gave me some noodles to help me recover from the altitude sickness. On Sunday I just hiked out, disappointed that I didn't get my first CA 14,000-footer. My bravado at the time refused to allow me to fail on a peak because of altitude sickness - I thought it was only for the weak. So, I tallied this failure up to the lightning, as turning off of a high alpine ridge with approaching lightning is not weak, it is smart... Pictures
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3040 ft / 926 m
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3040 ft / 926 m
    Route:Via Cottonwood Lakes
    Start Trailhead:9960 ft / 3035 m
Descent Statistics

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