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Mount Humphreys

Postby KathyW » Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:03 pm

We did an overnight trip to climb Mount Humphreys last weekend. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a breeze that kept the mosquitoes away. The pics, map, and some arrows on photos to show the route:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California ... &k=NFTbg8X



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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby giantbrookie » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:29 am

Very nice report and photos. That is certainly on the Sierra's finest. I've never had the nerve to do it, though, as much as I've admired it.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby artrock23 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:21 pm

Great pics! I really want to climb that peak sometime soon.

Coincidentally, the same day you posted this, a friend asked me if I wanted to climb Mt. Humphreys with him. Alas, I already have a trip planned for the same weekend.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby Shawn » Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:37 pm

Wow Kathy, great photos and fantastic TR. Looks as thought the three of you had a wonderful time on the mountain.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby Herm » Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:04 pm

Wow, great pics! Thanks for sharing views that I will never behold in real life. When in the area again, I will enjoy the views of Mount Humphreys from the relative safety of the lower elevations within Humphreys Basin.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby KathyW » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:08 pm

Thanks Everyone for checking out my photos.

If you head up Humphreys the way we did, It's not a bad idea carry a 30m rope and the rest of the gear you will need to rappel, plus don't head up the route without sticky approach shoes. I don't think I could have gotten up without the sticky shoes and I'm really glad we were able to rappel down those difficult sections instead of having to downclimb them. Everyone's skill and comfort level is different; so some might find the route easy and other might find it difficult, but it never hurts to be prepared.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby KathyW » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:10 pm

Shawn - Now I still need to go back and try Ritter.

The weather doesn't look so good for this weekend, but I might go back next weekend and backpack out to Lake Catherine and do Banner and Davis - that way I can look at the route up Ritter from the Banner/Ritter saddle. I'll likely end up doing Ritter from Lake Ediza eventually; so Ritter will continue to stay on the list and maybe someday I'll get to it.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:13 pm

Kathy - Your way ahead of me; that looks to be a fine plan.

Coincidentally I have been considering heading over there the same weekend (not firmed up yet). Unfortunately my work schedule right now only allows for long day hikes on the east side (round trip + hike = 2 days).

If I do get out I'll let you know on the remote chance we'd see each other on the trail.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby artrock23 » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:03 pm

KathyW wrote:Thanks Everyone for checking out my photos.

If you head up Humphreys the way we did, It's not a bad idea carry a 30m rope and the rest of the gear you will need to rappel, plus don't head up the route without sticky approach shoes. I don't think I could have gotten up without the sticky shoes and I'm really glad we were able to rappel down those difficult sections instead of having to downclimb them. Everyone's skill and comfort level is different; so some might find the route easy and other might find it difficult, but it never hurts to be prepared.


Did you need rope-up (or set anchors) for the climb?
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby KathyW » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:18 am

Going up is okay without protection, but going down is harder. There were rappel stations set up when we were up there, but you we carried some webbing and rappel rings just in case.
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby artrock23 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:36 am

Thanks for all the beta, Kathy. Very helpful. :thumbsup:
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Re: Mount Humphreys

Postby toejam » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:13 am

Your pictures make me want to climb this so bad! Thanks for sharing.
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