Split Mountain Climber's Log
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|Brett A||Route Climbed: North Slope from West Date Climbed: August 6th, 2004|
|Me and 2 of my friends summited Split on the rest day of our backpacking trip through King's Canyon NP. This was my first 14er. The views were great on this very clear day.|
|Posted Aug 8, 2004 4:34 pm|
|josephgdawson||Route Climbed: North Slope from Red Lake Date Climbed: July 10, 2004|
|I decided to break this trip into two days. I probably could have done it in one but I always enjoy chilling out by an alpine lake for a night before a summit push. |
Left the trailhead at 12:30pm
Arrived at Red Lake @ 5:00 pm
For some reason I found this leg of the trip to be the most grueling hike I have ever done. No clue why. I even felt demoralized once I reached the lake. Red Lake is stunning. Once I perked up I had a grand old time shooting the shit with my partner and others up there. We all had copies of Bob Burd's topo with the route drawn on it. Thanks my man.
Left Red Lake at 7:30am
Summitted at 11:00am
Left summit at 12:00pm
Arrived Red Lake at 3:00pm
Left Red Lake at 4:00pm
Back to car at 7:30pm
The first leg up to the summit was mostly scree and talus at this time of the year. There was a good deal of snow on the North Slope and we had to cross some of it although crampons and an ice ax were not necessary. Although there was snow in the 3rd class chute that goes to the left of the notch, there was plenty of rock on the right side of it so we stuck to that. Above the chute it was just scrambling on rock up to the summit. On the way back down the snow was soft enough to glissade or ski down in boots mountaineering boots. I had a good time running and skiing down the snow.
We met a wonderful couple in their early 50s from Oaklahoma who camped out and tagged the peak the same night and day as we did. Howdy if you read this. I think 5 parties tagged the peak that day. 3 of the parties were SPers.
I found Split Mtn to be very pretty. The route is very straighforward and the climbing is not very hairy. There is loads of scree on that mountain, which is a pain in the ass.
|Posted Jul 12, 2004 8:14 pm|
|bennovak||Route Climbed: North Slope from the East Date Climbed: July 10, 2004|
|Day hike with some friends. There was still snow in the chute on the way up to the N. Slope. The easiest alternative was up the rock to the right. Maybe 3rd class and some of the rock was loose. The view from the top was worth the effort the overgrown, dusty, steep route extracted. On the way down it is easy to lose the trail through the jungle sections as the wrong routes are almost as well worn as the correct path. Not quite as easy as the books make it out to be, perhaps the 5th or 6th easiest CA 14er. 10hrs CTC|
|Posted Jul 11, 2004 9:50 pm|
|dankras||Route Climbed: North Slope Date Climbed: August 2002|
|Great day; easy climb from Red Lake.|
|Posted Jun 6, 2004 6:18 pm|
|RSN473||Route Climbed: NW slope Date Climbed: July 1997|
|solo trip to Upper Basin. Also climbed Mt. Prater on the way back to camp. Camp was raided by hungy ravens and I had to eat trout for 2 days - bummer|
|Posted Mar 4, 2004 6:19 pm|
|crag||Route Climbed: N slope from Red Lake Date Climbed: August 1998|
|Made it all the way to the Red Lake trailhead in my Bronco. Backpacked up the overgrown, unmaintained, miserable trail to Red Lake. Russ and Tony (speedclimb.com) passed me early in the day and came by on their descent shortly after I reached the lake. I spent the night there, then bagged the peak (first 14er) the following day. Hans passed me at the Split/Prater saddle. The N slope was pleasant firn, a nice alternative to what I gather is usually a scree/talus slog. Picked up my overnight pack on the way down and made it out to the trailhead in the mid afternoon. Nice peak, if I go back I'll probably opt for St. Jean's Coulior.|
|Posted Jan 23, 2004 12:43 pm|
|Dr. Mishuginuh||Route Climbed: St. Jean's Couloir Date Climbed: October 2, 2003|
|Needed crampons and ice ax for 45-60 degree ice at base of couloir.|
From 11,500 to 13,500 found sttep and loose dirt and rock.
Much rock fall, helmet essential.
I was th eobject of the rescue effort noted in other reports.
200 feet from topping out on St. Jean's I took a free climb detour up the north wall. Don't ask me why!
Fell 20 feet onto a loose ledge...Thank G_d not the rest of the 2000 ft. down St. Jean's
Broken rigth ankle and deep laceration to left arm.
Climbing partner left for help.
One night alone on ledge - cold but no snow.
Inyo County Search and Rescue was incredible.
Brought water and sleeping bag.
Moved me to litter on the third day and airlifted out by Army National Guard Chinook from Pendleton Oregon.
Won't be doing that again for a while.
Maybe will return in spring to use North Ridge route when snow and ice cover much of the scree fields.
No weight bearing until mid-December!!
|Posted Nov 12, 2003 12:03 pm|
|Andinistaloco||Route Climbed: St. Jean Couloir Date Climbed: August 2002|
|Boy, did I pick a bad time of the year to do this route. It looked nice from below but was filled with dirt, loose rock, wet remnants of snow and a patch of ice here and there. Climb took forever and I ended up getting back to the car around 6 a.m.|
|Posted Oct 28, 2003 5:36 pm|
|egwade||Route Climbed: None Date Climbed: October 27|
|Just a note to support a photo added showing the Oregon National Guard Chinook Helicopter on the rescue meission mentioned by climbers in this log.|
|Posted Oct 27, 2003 10:18 am|
|Guilty||Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: October 6, 2003|
|I was heading up St Jean Couloir, but a rescue was going on towards the top of it. No snow and a lot of rock fall. I opt for the North Ridge.|
The only time I didn't bring a camera and I regret it!
I watched as the Army CH-47 helicopter fly up and down three times to evacuate the supplies and ground crew by hoist . It was very dramatic with it hovering between the peaks. Spent a lot of time watching the action and talking with a rescue guy. I guest someone reported me missing too.
I did the round-trip from trailhead under 8 hours. This was my third time up and third time completing all the Cal. fourteener's. YEA!
Oh, I made it to trailhead in a two-wheel drive truck from the campground. All you need to do is follow the pave/dirt road from the campground to the ranch. Go right to the end of the his fence, then left following the fence line, and another left at the top, and it runs into Red Lake Trailhead road. Road is very very bumpy.
|Posted Oct 7, 2003 7:51 pm|
|Rick Kent||Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: October 5, 2003|
|Did a solo dayhike to the summit via the Red Lake trail. Damn that road sucks! Got to watch search and rescue team fly in with a chopper in an attempt to rescue a fallen climber. The climber had taken a fall in one of the steep couloirs the day before and had to spend the night up there while his buddies came down to call for help. The chopper made a number of trips back and forth from the valley to the mountain dropping off gear, supplies, and 4 or 5 crew. I arrived at the top of the couloir (via the North Ridge) at the same time the first search and rescue guy did. On my way down from the summit I talked more with the rescue guys and they said they would probably be spending the night up there with the injured climber. The climber had apparently sustained a broken leg and laceration to the arm. Hope no one got injured getting him out of there. He really was in an extremely difficult location to get to.|
|Posted Oct 7, 2003 7:07 pm|
|sloclimbr||Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: September 17, 2003|
|Had a long and fun climb from the Red Lake Trailhead. I think the hardest part was making my legs go back down again! We did the round trip in 9hrs.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2003 10:27 am|
|forjan||Route Climbed: North Slope via Red Lake Date Climbed: September 13, 2003|
|Day hiked the North Slope of Split via Red Lake with climbing buddies Mike and Alex. It took us just over 16 hours roundtrip. We had beautiful weather all day.|
|Posted Sep 15, 2003 11:52 pm|
|agorokhov||Route Climbed: Red Lake/North Slope Date Climbed: Sept. 13, 2003|
|Climbed it in a day from the Red Lake trailhead with friends Miguel and Mike. Had a great time.|
|Posted Sep 15, 2003 3:54 pm|
|mdostby||Route Climbed: Red Lake/North Slope Date Climbed: Sept. 13, 2003|
|Day hiked from the Red Lake trailhead with friends Miguel and Alex. Perfect weather. A very long and fun day!|
|Posted Sep 15, 2003 1:52 pm|
|rmjwinters||Route Climbed: North Slope Date Climbed: 08/31/2003|
|Melissa and I reached the summit after a long trek from Red Lake trailhead. The endless boulderfield and talus was enough for one trip, one week, one lifetime. This particular summit completed my personal Grand Slam of climbing all 14ers in the lower 48 states, all CO 14ers, all CA 14ers and Mount Rainier. My trip report has a few more details.|
|Posted Sep 3, 2003 3:25 pm|
|thebeave7||Route Climbed: Northeast slope from Red Mt Lake Date Climbed: August 6th, 2003|
|Another successful peak bagged. Huffed it from just outside the ranch(car wouldn't make the drive) to basecamp at Red Mt Lake on Tuesday. Wednesday hit the trail at 7am, summited at 10am. Then hauled ass down to the car by 3pm. Would suggest taking a 4wd, so you don't have to hike the extra 3.5 miles!!! Weather was perfect though. Split Mt also needs a new register book. If you are heading up, please bring one with you.|
|Posted Aug 7, 2003 12:40 am|
|Paul Spraycar||Route Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 1999|
|We spent a cold, windy night camped on the Split-Prater saddle and woke up to climb the north ridge to the summit by sunrise.|
|Posted Jul 26, 2003 4:03 pm|
|PellucidWombat||Route Climbed: North Slope Date Climbed: October 2002|
|What a day hike! We got lost in the thick brush on the hike down in the dark, though. Only took us 1 hour to find the trail again.|
|Posted Apr 17, 2003 5:05 pm|
|Diggler||Route Climbed: Red Lake -> Bad Idea route -> N Ridge Date Climbed: 9 September, 2001|
|Started up from Red Lake @ 4.40 on 9.9.01, apparently ahead of another party (saw there headlamps down below later). At the receding glacier/permanent snowfield, decided to head straight up the cliff, for what looked like 20 or so ft of fun class 4. I stupidly continued after it was apparent that the section was much higher than anticipated. At one point I almost fell to my demise when a huge block I grabbed for a handhold came out. Incredibly, I finally made it to the moderate N-slope, summiting at 8.25. There were actually some trail maintenance dudes there who'd bivied practically at the summit (that must've been cool!). Left the top @ 9.39, and got back to the truck @ 15.48 after an hr getting my stuff together @ camp.|
|Posted Mar 20, 2003 12:13 pm|