Emerson Boozer and Jeb Magruder Mts (CA & NV)

Harlan WS
August 6,7 2017

Walt H was on his yearly pilgrimage through the west, and was interested in a Sierra hike; Jim M joined us.  The monsoons had been drenching the area with rain, and it was a high snow year, so we picked a goal with southern exposure and modest distance. We went up Emerson (13204') by the S face, a route that has a long boulder-filled gully and about 100' of class 3 in the last 200' of vertical climbing. Even though the weather gods called for rain, we got just a few drops.  The accumulated ascent is over 4000'. Jim had been on "Thoreau" the previous day, and had been in rain much of the time; that peak also requires about 4000' accumulated, so Jim did damn well.

I planned to drive home that night, but got tired, and decided I had to stop somewhere soon.  First choice was White Mt to practice snow skills on the remaining snow fields... but the thick clouds and heavy rain were a disincentive.  So I went to Lida Pass, set up in the rain, and got up early for Magruder, a sagebrush bald on the S side of the pass. I had driven by this mountain for 13 years, thinking some day I would stop and climb it "on the way" to or back from the Sierra; in 2015, I tented at 7450', and woke up to 6" snow, which didn't bode well.  Finally.

The route starts at
the hiker's parking,
and is over a dirt road
for a bit over 0.6 miles,
then continues on trail
past the W end of Loch
Jim chances the
1st slippery "bridge."
Mt "Thoreau"
S across the valley.
View "up" (W)
toward Piute Pass
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Now we start
on the brief class 3.
Just above Jim is
the easier chute. Or
you can cut up another
chute to R (in photo),
then cut back L to
where I took this photo.
View ESE as clouds
move in.
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Walt below
Humphreys in
Pano centered
on Humphreys
Walt hits ridge
Then Jim
Coming down.
I found I was able
to stay high on E
side of chute much
of way, so Jim and
Walt didn't have
worry as much
about loose rock.
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Next day was
Magruder. I tented
at the pass, rain
all night; I was
surprised to see
clearing skies in
Pano from top
Hazy view E
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N across
Lide Pass
Hazy view SW
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Apache plume