Ascent of Mount Gould on 2017-09-23

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, September 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Gould
    Elevation:13000 ft / 3962 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first peak of my week-long hiking extravaganza. It was postponed for a day after I shuffled my hikes due to an early snowstorm. I started from the Onion Valley TH just before 8:00am after driving down from Bridgeport. I reached Kearsarge Pass in 1h40m and made a right turn up the ridge towards Gould. It became colder and windier as I neared the summit. I was in a panic because my hands were numb and my water line was frozen, and I couldn't get it together enough to get onto the easier north side of the summit block. Dejected, I walked around to the south side and found myself shimmying up the chimney and onto the summit. I could barely hold the pen as I signed the register. I descended off to the west and hurried down the ridge. I found a miserable scree slope on the west side of the ridge, but a sandy use trail on the east leading directly to the pass. I chatted with some folks at the pass for a bit and I was back at my car at 1:20pm. Total time: 5h26m

EDIT: I'm taking away credit for this one -- I reached the summit register, but not the top of the final rock.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3788 ft / 1154 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3788 ft / 1154 m
    Distance:13.1 mi / 21.1 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:9212 ft / 2807 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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