Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2017-08-08

Climber: Andrew Mack

Date:Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Because my daughter did not want to do this one I ended up acclimatizing a bit backwards. After getting a bit of altitude sickness on Whitney, I felt great on this one. I had also done San Antonio the day before which may have helped a bit with any sickness that might have been lurking.

Woke up early in Bishop and hit road at 4:30 am. Found the water tank with "JR" on it in the dark at about 2.3 miles over the state line and headed up the dirt road. My AWD did well but I did have to navigate the ruts. Since it was dark I actually missed the Queen Mine area and drove straight to the Kennedy Saddle. I parked, threw on my hydration pack, two extra liters of water, and a bunch of Cliff Bars and hit the trail--it was 5:45 am.

The first stretch is through some bristle cone where I saw a few deer and a lot of horse droppings, but no horses. After the long, slight downslope I arrived at the saddle with the large rock and stumps surrounding it. As you approach this spot it looks as though the trail goes straight up the other side and, lo and behold, it does! There are many ways to go and many cairns but a trail always appears if you just keep your eyes ahead. After not too much effort I arrived at the second saddle, and, now with the peak in sight, pushed on. The second steep hike is a little looser. I stayed to the right of the ridge and basically headed straight toward the peak. As I came over the last ridge the flag and stone wall were just in front of me. Arrived at 9:30 and sat down for some water and a Cliff Bar. Took some shots and happily had a few bars where I could send some pics to my wife and family. Contemplated Montgomery, but a few clouds changed my mind and I started down at 10 am.

Slipped a bit and lost the trail a few times, but always easily found it again. Stopped at the saddle with the rock and sat down to take my boots off and dump out the rocks before heading off again. I forgot how long the gradual slope is and felt I was on a different spur to the trail--I thought I had come around the other side of the knob and went off trail to my left and found nothing but an old tarp someone had thrown under a bush--no trail! Even if it seems like you're on the wrong side, stay on the trail; it's easy to follow if you don't question it.

Finally came around to the left of the ridge at the end of the trail--my memory served me well in one spot! Back at the register at 12pm-still the only name on it for that day; I was the only one on the mountain!
Summary Total Data
    Route:Queen Mine
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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