Winter ascent of Flagpole Peak - With a short approach we'll climb rock and snow along a narrow ridge to the flagpole itself, with expansive views over Lake Tahoe and Echo Lakes. This is a favorite dayhike, but in winter presents easy to difficult mixed climbing with the option to venture into 5th class terrain - great practice and great fun! Maximum 12 climbers. RSVPs open Wednesday Dec 12th at 8:00 pm.
How RSVPs work: Prospective members who have joined on Meetup but not yet paid for any membership may attend one event for free. Beyond this, you must be a current official SMG "MEMBER" to attend. All events open for RSVPs at 8:00pm on the Wednesday approximately three weeks prior. RSVPs are first-come first-served and are subject to event organizer review and final approval. All attendees must meet the pre-requisites. Prospective members will still need to sign the SMG Waiver / Assumption of Risk and provide emergency contact information to attend. Please provide the required information when you RSVP. Because this event occurs on public lands it is open to the public.
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Dates: January 5th, 2012
Location: Flagpole Peak, Tahoe National Forest near Echo Lakes, Hwy 50
Route: Southeast Ridge
Appropriate For: Basic to Intermediate Climbers
SMG MEMBERS ONLY Resources:
Fitness and Difficulty Level: Easy
Max Elevation: 8,363 ft
Starting Elevation: 7,400 ft
Weather: NOAA Forecast for Flagpole Peak
Pre-Requisites: Participants must meet ALL the following
- Ability to scramble snowy rock in boots
- Moderate fitness to stay out in cold conditions all day, and ascend 1,000 feet over broken, sometimes exposed terrain.
- Be an SMG Member or be a prospective member on your free event
Saturday, January 5th: Meetup as indicated for carpooling. We'll drive up Hwy 50 to the Echo Lakes Sno-Park, at the summit. From there we'll gear up and hike in about 2 miles to the base of the climb, half that distance on the road and half the distance along the shore of lower Echo Lake. Then we will start working our way up the slopes and timber to the southeast ridge. The rock is slabby with ledges and some boulders, presenting class 2 and 3 climbing. As we work our way to the peak, we pass beneath and above steep cliffs and slopes, making for interesting and varied climbing. There actually is a pole cemented to the summit, which will be our goal. If desired we can increase the difficulty to Class 5 on the way up or back, even with the option for rappelling. Just another fun winter day trip in the mountains!
REQUIRED CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT AND GEAR
- Wicking, breathable baselayer, top and bottom
- Insulating, weather-resistant mid-layer, top and bottom
- Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
- Insulating fill jacket
- Socks, liners
- Mountaineering boots, or approved sturdy backpacking boots
- Lightweight liner gloves
- Waterproof gloves or mittens
- Glacier sunglasses
- Warm hat - the touque!
- Sun hat
- 30 - 50 liter pack
- Trekking poles with snow baskets
- Water bottles or containers. Water bladders not recommended in freezing weather.
- Headlamp w/extra batteries
- Compass, GPS also recommended if available
- Camera, extra batteries
- Small knife
- Personal items, medications
- Emergency items - keep it small.
- Lightweight mountaineering harness
- Hard shell mountaineering helmet
- Ice axe
- Crampons, fit to your boots
- 2 large locking carabiners
- Two 48” loop runners or 5-7mm prusik cords
- Belay device
- Skis or snowshoes
- Technical climbing gear: ropes, protection for rock and snow, assorted slings and cordage, locking carabiners
- First Aid Kit
- Snow shovel
For questions or more information, please contact: Darren Shutt, SMG Organizer, [masked] or (916)[masked]