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This is a 2-day backpacking trip to climb Split Mountain, one of the 11 (or 12) California Fourteeners. After the class 1 trail, the peak goes at class 2 (loose, off-trail terrain), so I do not expect significant technical difficulties. The hardest parts will be the altitude (up to 14K feet) and elevation gain (7500 ft). Before signing up, please be sure you have experience with and are prepared for this type of hike.
Tentative plan is to depart from Vegas Friday around 630 PM and camp near Big Pine fri night. On Sat morning, we will drive up to the trailhead (4WD needed), then start the hike up to Red Lake at 10,400 ft. Sunday morning we will climb up the North Slope route to the summit, then descend the same route back down to the trailhead.
I have reserved 5 overnight permits for these dates. First to sign up will get them. Please get money for the permit to me or Bart ($6 each) by 6/1 to hold your spot. If we don't hear from you by then, we may move someone up from the waiting list to fill the spot.
If we have more than 5 sign up, we will move people up off the waiting list (up to 10 max) on a one-off basis provided they are willing to secure their own walk up permits on the day before the climb. This will mean driving up to the Ranger Station in Bishop, CA during business hours on Fri and visiting the ranger station to secure a permit.
Detailed description of our route can be found here:
Total Distance: 12 miles round trip
Total Elevation Gain: 7,500'
Altitude: 6,500' - 14,000'
Terrain Description: Class 1, Class 2 (Loose Talus, steep X-Country travel)
Approximate Hiking Time: 2 full days
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To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: http://www.lvmc.org/w... (http://www.lvmc.org/webpages/lvmcjoinus.html). The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.