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mrchad9North slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2013

mrchad9

Over from Muah via the PCT to begin a nice three day weekend. Managed to get to the summit without any routefinding difficulties on the plateau (well, after heading partway up the wrong summit about 50 years to the east). Spent the night at the south fork of the Kern River and climbed Kern Peak and Cirque Peak over the next two days.
Posted Sep 25, 2013 6:39 pm

soslawEast Slope  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2013

soslaw

A long go for a 4+ mile approach. The pinnacle pasture made finding the summit interesting if a little frustrating. I descended a couloir off the summit plateau that fed Cartago creek. This was the southern most couloir of 4 found in a cirque that all drained into Cartago creek. The first 100 feet were steep enough to require a face in position. This section also choked down with exposed class 3-4 rock. Snow extended down to 7500 feet but was too soft and deep to plunge step effectively. A faint use trail exists on the north side of the canyon probably made by exiting skiers. You can't descend the full length of the canyon when the creek is flowing as it chokes down. Descend by an ascending traverse of the canyon wall until you gain the ridge which deposits you on the north side of Cartago creek about a mile and a half from the east slope trailhead. I don't recommend using this as a descent route unless you are a skier.
Posted Mar 3, 2013 9:30 pm

wmollandFrom Death Canyon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007

wmolland

First of all I don't know why anyone would start at the aqueduct, it looks like a miserable slog. We cut off the PCT in Death Canyon and headed up the creek drainage to the large summit plateau. We wandered to the south side of the plateau and meandered around all the false summits gaining the true Cartago on the first try. The last 100 feet is a nice scramble and theres a pretty nifty view of all the spires from the top. We were the first to summit in over a year as this peak gets visits very infrequently.
Posted Jun 1, 2007 4:00 pm

Desert SolitaireRoute Climbed: Ridge route from Cartago Date Climbed: November 27, 2005  Sucess!

Desert Solitaire

What an adventure -- Another really cold day in the Sierra, but well worth it. Interesting watching the landscape change as you gain elevation. My partner Alex brought a GPS, which we tried not to use on the summit plateau, but after farting around for 30 mins, we made a guess and verified it with GPS before climbing the right pinnacle. Much thanks to Matthew and Bob for the excellent info! RT w/ time to smell the flowers: 9hrs 45 min.
Posted Nov 28, 2005 12:16 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Like Matthew said. It took about 9hrs RT from the aqueduct. Taking a somewhat more southerly approach to the Sierra crest I also climbed a wrong pinnacle before finding the right one. I wasn't as successful at finding the summit register. Trip Report
Posted Nov 13, 2004 7:27 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: From Cartago Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2004  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Dayhike with Bob out of Cartago, at least until we got separated and followed different paths on the way up--slogged up the sandy ridge and back down the canyon for variety. It took me 2 or 3 tries to find the right summit pinnacle--all of them were fun scrambles, and some of the false summits were perhaps even more enjoyable than the true summit block. A truly unusual peak.
Posted Nov 12, 2004 2:45 am

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