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13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Gazelle » Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:43 am

5/30/2016 Big 13 peak day almost 14 but couldn’t/wouldn't go up the 2 sentinels. 14 miles 5646 elevation gain 4977 elevation loss 9.5 hours. Started my day at the Thunder mountain trail head at 6:45 but promptly was off trail due to snow and obtaining the ridge of Carson Spur why this is named is beyond me, then on to the 2 sentinels neither of which I climbed as they where definitely at least 50 feet of class 4 did go up 1/3 of the second one trying to find an easier route to no avail (so unfortunately only a 13 peak day) the most ever in one day.
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Two sentinels

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the ridge line with the last peak elephants back on far left

Martin Point and Thunder Mountain east and west, the ridge held lots of snow all consolidated so pretty easy walking although I did bring snowshoes and crampons not knowing the conditions and did not want a post-hole adventure. Didn't need either.
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Thunder mountain east and west ridgeline

The traverse over to Thimble Peak was uneventful but the class 4 airy exposed section at the top was VERY exciting.
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Thimble Peak scary class 4 section

Covered Wagon peak was kind of a knife edge ridge line that was quite fun, on the way to Melissa Corey Peak is one of the Emigrant trail signs (something that I seek out)
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Emigrant trail marker

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9795 higher than both Covered Wagon and Melissa Coray and the only un named peak of the day then 4th of July peak with a view of a still frozen 4th of july lake.
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The sisters and Round top

Then a nasty 1 step up ½ step slide down to the West Sister and a great little traverse between the 2 pinnacles to get to the higher of the 2 to achieve the West Sister. The hardest part to get to the East Sister was coming down from the West one, I had been on this Sister the last time I did Round Top in 2009 as it it easily achieved from the saddle between it and Round Top. Round Top has a quick little Class 3 section but beautiful views in every direction.
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Desolation's snow covered peaks
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west sister traverse
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Mokelumne river canyon with Mokelumne peak on the right
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Round Top and the sisters from winnumuca lake

On the way down I ran in to 2 guys the 1st people of the day. Boot skied down to Winnumuca lake where a lady had a beautiful spot for the tent on the only dirt around. Last but not least was Elephants back then followed the PCT still under snow down to Carson pass where it took me ½ hour to get a hitchhike ride back to my car. Amazing day with exceptional views only bad part was I sun burnt my pasty white legs, and a 2 hour drive home.
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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Teresa Gergen » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:09 am

Noticed you had a huge day. Congrats! And thanks for the photos showing the amount of snow there.

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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby uscscott » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:27 pm

Incredible! I can only imagine the meal you had at the end of that day. Well earned. Great photos, thanks for posting.

I see you mentioned that you brought snowshoe's and crampons but didn't need them. Did you take an ice axe and if so, did you need it?
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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Gazelle » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:33 pm

No didn't bring ice axe snow was soft enough everywhere too not need crampons, but thankfully not too soft for the snowshoes!
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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Vaca Russ » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:59 am

Wow, Kristine, you are absolutely amazing!

=D> :eek: :thumbsup: =D>

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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Gazelle » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:07 am

Thanks Russ it is not everyday one gets to do that many named peaks in a day or for that matter that many peaks that close together
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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:15 am

Thanks for the report. Good to see what snow conditions are like up there. That was quite an epic trip you did!
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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby seanr » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:48 am

Nice! I've been to that area a handful of times but have never put in the effort to visit more than a couple peaks per day. There has been talk of a winter weekend plan among some intense peakbagging buddies to start where you did, but continue along the ridge from Round Top around to Elephants Back, and then keep going on the other side of the pavement. Kind of doubt I'll join or tag all if I do.

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Re: 13 peaks in 1 day Kirkwood area

Postby Gazelle » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:11 am

You could probably get Red lake and Stevens peak also without too much effort
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