Ascent of Independence Peak on 2017-09-25

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, September 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Independence Peak
    Elevation:11742 ft / 3578 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was supposed to be an off day, but by the afternoon I was bored enough to make the drive up to Onion Valley and start the hike at 2:15pm, expecting it to be a quick endeavor. It got off to a rough start as I somehow managed to find a steep use trail from the trailhead instead of the Robinson Lakes trail, but I eventually rejoined the main trail. I started the ascent at an obvious large talus field. I stayed on the rock rib almost the entire way to the summit area, which made for an enjoyable climb. I passed a hiker descending the sand, who, judging from the register, was the first climber to summit since September 1st. I had read many accounts of climbers regretting not keeping further left, so I stayed left and found myself in a bowl below the summit with three chutes to choose from. I first tried the two on the left, but they eventually exceeded class 3 forcing me to descend. I took the chute to the right out of the bowl, which turned out to be very straightforward once on the ridge. I dropped to the opposite side of the summit ridge and traversed over to make the final scramble, and I was at the summit at 4:20pm. I was rewarded for my efforts with a fun sand descent, making me yearn for a pair of skis...and snow. I was back at my car at 5:30pm.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2491 ft / 759 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2491 ft / 759 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:West Face
    Start Trailhead:9251 ft / 2819 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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