Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2017-08-31

Climber: Jim Wick

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 31, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally I was going to do this hike the day before but a big storm system came through; so I wisely postponed the hike a day but it compressed my schedule a bit to get south to lone pine to meet up with co-workers.

Note: The previous day I witnessed two hikers dressed with only light windbreakers and a mountain biker with only bike shorts/top depart mid morning. They had waited some time at the trailhead due to heavy rain. They for some reason they thought it was a good idea to "go". The weather not only didn't look good, it wasn't good, and the forecast called for a big storm front to hit later in the day. I hiked something else that day (sheep mtn & limestone peak) as I knew my hiking speed wouldn't be fast enough for comfort with a storm approaching. The storm hit two hours later. The two hikers and one biker had to seek assistance at the research station. This was told to me by one of the researchers I met during my hike as he had to replace some electronics atop the summit. The lightning had fried their internet connection. The hikers didn't get too far but received a bruising from the massive hail during the storm. Not that anyone has the 'right' gear for hail; they were idiots. The biker had severe hypothermia. He spent more than four hours in the research station in a warming blanket. Again don't know what he was thinking. it was cold to start with. the weather was going to get colder from the storm as well as altitude. the wind chill from riding would make it colder also. Big moron. Luckily they all survived.

To make sure I beat the afternoon buildup, I left my camp at Grandview CG at 2:!5am. I arrived at the trailhead about 3:30am. I hit the trail at 3:50am. There were several people camped at the trailhead. One hiker who was sleeping in his truck which I parked right next to commented how quiet I was as he didn't hear me at all; just noticed the new truck when he woke up. This hike was a Whitney dry-run so I purposely set a slower pace to match a longer perceived effort later in the week. I carried 5.5 liters. All the sheep eyes starting at me when I passed the research station surprised me. somewhat eerie. Sunrise hit me when I reached the saddle just below the final push up white mountain. I noticed a research truck driving up the road. Hence I met Devon and big husky dog Eva Belle (see note above). The road was snow field covered 2/3rds the way up. So there was a cairn marked use trail to by-pass the snow. It is steeper and the rocks are loose so it takes more time (especially at 14k feet). I reached the summit about 9am. no wind. all to myself. signed the register (large box). took many photos. My first CA 14er summited. I left the summit after 30 minutes at the top. I met about 6 hikers at the saddle going for the top. I was cruising back...the road trail seemingly longer on the return. The wind picked up on the return. I reached the trailhead at 2pm.

I drank only 2.5 liters the entire hike. I would have hiked Barcroft on the return but the cloud buildup was a deterrent (as well as me needing to drive 90 miles south).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3466 ft / 1055 m
    Extra Gain:455 ft / 138 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:jeep road
    Trailhead:White Mtn TH/gate  11690 ft / 3563 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 17 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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