Phelps Mountain Climber's Log

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scottybb - Oct 18, 2002 8:24 am

Route Climbed: Phelps Trail Date Climbed: 10/17/02

Challenging climb and also my first.. see my trip report. Trail was a total washout, very stream-like, rain most of the time, and when combined with left-over snow and leaf-fall on the rocks, the descent was particularly dicely, esp with pack and all.

Started at head of Phelps Mount trail at about 1:38pm, and when I decided to turn back it was 3pm; estimate about 50 ft or so from summit but recogniziing sunset time to be about 6:20, I wanted to make camp in good time. Temperature was about 35 at beginning of Phelps, but below 30 when I headed down; also at high elevation I could not see any surrounding mountains due to fog/cloud banks.

On descent, my Annapurnas held up nicely on exposed rock even with the stream-water runoff, but snow-covered and leafy rock was slipperly. Descent required some self-belaying for increased comfort/safety. Not the ideal bouldering conditions.


mt10climber - Sep 27, 2002 1:48 pm

Route Climbed: From Marcy Dam. Date Climbed: March 29,2002  Sucess!

Nice climb,3 feet of snow, 40 degrees cear with a breeze. Icy spots on the trail to the summit.

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