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Ascent of Mount Hooper on 2017-10-14

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 14, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Hooper
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12349 ft / 3763 m

Ascent Trip Report

I stayed at the Tamarack Lodge in Lakeshore the night before. I left at 4:50am and arrived at the dam at 6:15am, incredibly thankful for my rental Nissan Rogue. I started up the dam stairs at 6:36am and proceeded up the slopes, which were fairly steep and brushy. The grade relented slightly as I got closer to Chamberlain Lake, but the brush got thicker; perhaps I could've found a clearer way with better routefinding. I reached the outlet of the lake at 8:46am, had a snack, and turned to the west face, which alternated between periods of steep dirt and granite covered in bushes and trees. I reached the top of the ridge at 10:32am where I was treated to fine views north and east, including my first view of Hooper, which was a short ways down the ridge. Once at the summit block, I wrapped around to the northern class 3 ascent and I was on top at 11:05am. After about 20 minutes in the summit area, I descended down the southwest face to Chamberlain Lake, which, after getting out of the cliff band, was a mix of talus and sand -- a bit better than bushwhacking down the west face. I reached the outlet of Chamberlain Lake at 12:50pm and was back at the dam at 2:48pm.

Stats: 4h29m up, 20m at summit, 3h23m down.
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The summit block of Mount Hooper. The 5.4 crack is visible in the front. The class 3 route is behind and can be reached by traversing around the left (2017-10-14). Photo by Rafee Memon.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4732 ft / 1442 m
    Grade/Class:2s3
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4732 ft / 1442 m
    Distance:15.3 mi / 24.6 km
    Route:West face
    Start Trailhead:Hooper Diversion Dam  7617 ft / 2321 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Southwest face
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rafee Memon
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