This time solo. Perfect weather. The fixed rope on the crux has been removed. The slings up there are in poor shape. Also, at least one trip report mentions a decaying sling on a "detachable" rock above the first class 3+ climb. On my descent, I tried to move it, and it's really solid, despite appearances. The sling not so much, but I think the rock it's on is good otherwise. I'm not sure a rappel there is really necessary, however.
A small group from LVMC. Up the usual way to Mopah, then up the east face of Umpah.
Fun route up the east face. Part of our group climbed Umpah Point afterwards.
Jack Kieffer and I led a Sierra Club DPS group of 11 participants up this and Umpah.
Fun 3rd class with a bit of exposure here and there. Beautiful day. Pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/sets/72157625721289549/
Very enjoyable scramble. The Turtle Mountains are amazing!
CLIMBED WITH ED
This was a VERY enjoyable hike with some fun desert scrambling (3rd and 4th class) to a lofty summit. There is a summit entry that records an ascent that tackled the North Buttress, which involved 2 pitches of 4th, one pitch of 5th, and the remaining section to the summit was 3rd class (the actual start was not detailed enough in the description). Fun desert outing.
After tagging Umpah the previous day, Mopah was a real treat with more Class 3 and 4 fun; no difficult sections encountered although many detachable holds no longer exist. Curious as to who tied a rap sling on a large ROCK; whoever uses it may also be using a hearse soon after. Great time in the desert!
Lots of crumbly flow-banded rhyolite rock near tight notch -- if you try anything different (i.e. not cleaned by previous climbers), watch out; entire sheets of rock may exfoliate.
Climbed with BW, NN, Dr Ed, and the Siberian. Took us perhaps 2 hrs plus change to do this peak, on peak top by ~8:30AM. It was just a mild day (mid 70's), but the sun was bright, and it felt warm and dry as there is virtually no shade. By the time we were down Umpah and out the southern wash (for variety), we were all a little thirsty. In other words, if you climb this in warmer weather, watch out.
Fun climb. One of the best of the desert peaks.
What a good looking little mountain. The east face route was surprisingly enjoyable and aesthetic.
Very short. Car-to-car'd Mopah and Umpah in around 6h20m.
With Matthew, below. Hats off to whoever found this interesting route. Trip Report
Another wonderful desert experiance.
The view was great of Umpah Point to the south, Castle Rock, the other Turtle Mountains, to the east the Colorado River and out into Arizona. Weather was clear, no wind and temperature in the upper 60's. We, Matt Haynes, John Paterson and I, climbed the East Face Route of Mopah which was a California Mountaineering Club trip.