Mount Irvine (California)

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Mount Irvine
Highest point
Elevation13,786+ ft (4222+ m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence197 ft (60 m) [1]
Parent peakMount Mallory[2]
Coordinates36°33′21″N 118°15′48″W / 36.5557683°N 118.2634232°W / 36.5557683; -118.2634232Coordinates: 36°33′21″N 118°15′48″W / 36.5557683°N 118.2634232°W / 36.5557683; -118.2634232[5]
LocationInyo County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Whitney
First ascent1925 by Norman Clyde[6]
Easiest routeSoutheast Slope, class 2[3]

Mount Irvine is a mountain in the Sierra Nevada of California. The summit is in Inyo National Forest and the John Muir Wilderness. The peak was named in memory of Andrew Irvine, of the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition, who perished on Mount Everest, June, 1924. Norman Clyde proposed Irvine's and George H. Leigh Mallory's names following their loss after attaining the highest altitude reached by a mountaineer.[5][6]


Mount Irvine is located southeast of Mount Whitney, and is flanked to the south by Mount Mallory. The summit is a quarter mile east of the Sierra Crest, in Inyo County.


There are several routes typically used to climb Mount Irvine. The southeast slope, reached from Richins Pass, presents the most obvious route, but the mountain is often climbed in conjunction with Mount Mallory by way of a class 2 traverse.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Irvine, California". Retrieved 2014-01-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Arc Pass". Retrieved 2014-01-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  4. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Retrieved 2016-03-24. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b "Mount Irvine". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-01-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  7. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 60–61. ISBN 9780898869712.

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