Coming over from Mopah, we climbed the east face of Umpah. On the descent I went left down a broad gully that led around to the north side of Umpah, where I found a broad ramp that led back down to the drainage we took out. The other three went down on the other side, coming out somewhat behind me. We hiked out the south wash back to the cars in the dark. I stayed over and climbed Turtle Mountains HP the next day.
Not quite as cool as Mopah, but still a worthwhile climb. The summit can be gained from the south via easy Class 3.
Jack Kieffer and I led a Sierra Club DPS group of 11 participants up this after hitting Umpah.
Had a bit of an issue following the route guide we'd brought along so we ended up picking something interesting looking and going for it. Some interesting bits of 3rd class and an all around beautiful day. Pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/sets/72157625721289549/
Hiked in late Saturday with the wind blowing incredible flower fragrance in my face, ummmm. Spent a quiet night in the wash below the peak under a partial moon, and was awakened by the sound of a song bird rejoicing with the morning sun. Straight forward hiking up was soon interrupted by head-walls, ridges, and route finding questions. A frontal assault on the upper ramparts was repulsed (I'm a chicken s**t when I'm out here by myself). Not one to give up easily, a traverse around south and over to the west side granted access to the summit via easy scrambling. No summit register? Wind was a bit brisk all weekend thus keeping temps reasonable.
CLIMBED WITH ED
Also climbed with LVMC 1/27/18
Via East Ridge, my love and I had a wonderful easy day tagging Umpah with plenty of warm sunshine and gentle breeze. The crux of this climb was actually on the descent when a grumpy swarm of bees was encountered - no damage to equipment or injury to personnel.
Climbed with BW, Siberian, Dr Ed and NN. Some went from top of east ridge, around to N side of peak, and then S to summit; some went the traditional S way. Rock on N side is crumbly in places; route may look bad, but there is always a class 2-3 way -- keep looking, and be prepared to retrace your steps.
Perfect second peak after climbing Mopah.
Not quite as sweet as Mopah, but a nice peak nonetheless.
With Matthew, below. This turned out to be a relatively easy and straightforward day after two previous days of returning by headlamp. Trip Report
Fun scramble after tagging Mopah earlier in the morning. The crux on the east ridge was a short, awkward, loose class 4 chimney just below the summit. We found an easier class 3 bypass a bit to the south that avoided this on the descent.
Climbed with Bob. This was day #3 of our four day tour of the Mojave desert--seven hours CTC, by far the earliest finish yet.