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Ascent of Mount Bielewski on 2010-10-03

Climber: Jason Reed

Date:Sunday, October 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Bielewski
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3231 ft / 984 m

Ascent Trip Report

After bagging Borel Hill I intended on driving to Ward Rd to start a climb of Long Ridge but I didn't see it so I continued to go for the Santa Cruz CoHP. I turned at what I thought was Kings Creek Truck Trail. I drove up to a sign that said private property so I tried to back down and got my left rear tired stuck in a gully. Having a rear wheel drive car I had a had time getting out. Initially I fishtailed and didn't go anywhere but then I fishtailed up the hill a little before getting completely on the road again. While I was doing that man and a woman in a truck drove up behind me. I got to a fork near the top and pulled to the left and they were going straight but stopped to tell me I was on their property and that I ruined the ditch on the side of the road. I told them I would fix the ditch if they wanted and I apologized for crossing their property since it wasn't my intention - I just didn't want to try backing down again. At the top I got to 2 distinct points. One was where I turned my car around, and I'm guessing was 20 feet lower than the peak and maybe 150 feet away. After turning around and driving down a little I tried up a different way on foot since I was already there. I got to what I think was 50 horizontal feet away and within 10 vertical feet of the HP. It's hard to tell because it's a forested area, not open. I turned around at that point because I didn't want to press my luck and I had been there long enough. I'm counting it as successful given 1. Proximity to actual summit and 2. I got as high (actually higher) as I could legally. Not going higher wasn't something that I could have done better (such as needing more climbing skills or equipment).
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast



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