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New Meetup: Echo Peaks Madness!

From: Darren S.
Sent on: Monday, August 23, 2010 1:36 AM
Hey all,
I ended up with one more Saturday in August, so here is a fun trip I think everyone will like - YNP Echo Peaks and the potential for NINE summits in a single day. Lots of climbing and scrambling, with great views and a short approach. RSVP's are open now, check it out. I hope you can join me.

Announcing a new Meetup for Sierra Mountaineering Group!

What: Echo Peaks Madness!

When: Saturday, August 28,[masked]:30 AM

Suggested donation: $50.00 per person

Where: Folsom Starbucks, Chevron & Safeway parking lot
1860 Prairie City Rd Ste 3A
Folsom, CA 95630

YNP Echo Peaks has no less than 9 summits for a day of rock climbing madness! Meet up with SMG for rock scrambling and climbing on scenic, exposed ridgelines and multiple peaks from class 3 scrambles to Class 5 climbs. A short approach and a wide range of difficulties and route options make this a trip suitable for everyone. Shared instruction, transportation, and requested gear are provided. This is the perfect trip for anyone wanting more time and practice on the rock or for those making the transition from hiking to more adventurous endeavors.

This may be my last trip until October so I am hoping to fill the van for a day of fun. The challenge: climb all nine summits of the Echo Peaks massif in a single day. Most of the summits are Class 3 and require nothing more than scrambling, all the way up to multi-pitch 5.7. You can climb as many of them as you like, as long as you are still diggin' it. Darren will lead all the harder routes with small parties (4 or less) and will accompany or advise ascents of all the others. The purpose of the day is to tackle all the summits that look appealing and practice becoming more proficient moving on rock in the mountains. This is a spectacular area with views of many other popular peaks, but we won't have to fight the summer weekend crowds because there will be enough summits for everyone!

We meetup very early in Folsom in order to get to the trailhead at a reasonable hour. After waivers and orientation, we will carpool in the van (or you can drive yourself, or even meet us at the trailhead if you want) down Hwy 99 to 120 and through YNP to Tuolumne meadows and the Cathedral Lakes trailhead, probably arriving there at 9:00 am. Feel free to bring your pillow and breakfast for the ride down.

We will ascend 2,600 feet following Bud Creek about 3 miles to the base of the routes. We will probably start with #8 and proceed along the ridge from there. We will be carrying ropes and rock protection for every option and also as a safety measure for difficult terrain anywhere on the routes. Exactly what and how many of the summits we climb will depend on who attends and the decisions we make on the route(s) that day. Rock climbing shoes are not needed for the vast majority of the routes we will be attempting, but they are OK to bring along. Lightweight hikers or approach shoes would be a good pick. The lighter and faster we can move, the more we can get done.

Duration: The drive will take about 4 hours each way, the hike about 1.5 hours each way, and we will be on the routes for at least 6 hours, so the entire event will probably take at least 17 hours, ending back at the meetup point anytime after 10:30 pm. It's a lot of driving and time together for a big day, but we won't have to camp overnight and I will do the driving so you can snooze. What a deal!

There are no facilities on the climbing routes. Weather may change the route or the trip. SMG has many items for loan that members can borrow if needed, please notify Darren. See the GEAR LIST below for other specific items to bring. If you have any questions, please contact Darren.

- Multiple opportunities for varied levelsl of scrambling and roped rock climbing
- Exposure to rope work, anchors, and belaying
- Mountain travel and routefinding on rocky terrain
- Specific instruction on the best techniques for safe, effective ascent and descent
- Navigation with a map and compass
- Overview of recommended clothing, gear, footwear and equipment

If you have questions or need help acquiring the right stuff, contact Darren. For your reference, more comprehensive descriptions of ALL recommended mountaineering clothing and equipment are in a handy list under the SMG files tab: SMG Equipment and Clothing List

Clothing and Footwear:
- Wicking base layer and pants
- Water / windproof jacket
- Wicking socks (and liners if desired)
- Hat / Tuque
- Mountaineering, hiking, or approach shoes for climbing

Gear and Equipment:
- Rock climbing shoes - optional
- Harness
- Helmet
- Locking carabiner
- Sling
- Trekking pole(s)?
- 20-40 liter backpack
- Sunglasses
- Camera

- 2+ liters of water or energy drink
- High calorie lunch and snacks
- Emergency items: headlamp, firestarter, knife, etc.
- Personal items
- ID, money

- Transportation from the meetup point to the trailhead and back
- Ropes, hardware, cordage
- Any requested item from the gear list (notify Darren prior to the meetup)
- First Aid Kit

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Contact Darren: [address removed]

Climb on!

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