On short notice, and crucially no altitude acclimatization, i headed off to the eastern Sierra to attempt to conquer the mountain with my cousin Joe as a climbing partner.
We got a somewhat late 8am start to the climb, but were in high spirits as the weather looked great and we were both feeling good.
|Beautiful Morning view of the Ridge line below Mt Emerson|
|Lower Lamarck Lake|
As we made our way up into the wide, flat canyon below Lamarck Col we both began to lament our lack of altitude conditioning. As the altitude piled on we felt worse and worse and it soon became apparent to us both that this summit was not to be. We found ourselves at the base of the North Spur of un-named Peak 13,172. In an attempt to at least summit something, we scrambled up to the ridgeline at a max altitude of 12,003ft.
|Ridge below Peak 13,172|
This peak is definitely going to be on my 2014 bag list.