Ascent of Pinta Benchmark on 2011-02-23
|Others in Party:||Dennis Poulin|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Wednesday, February 23, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||2950 ft / 899 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe first half of the drive in from I-8 is good road except for one deep sand patch that could stop 2wd vehicles. The second half is a little sandy but lots of washboard and rutting. Slept at road intersection / boundary of refuge. Had lots of contact with Border Patrol while driving and hiking. Found goat/sheep trails along right side of wash to be useful. Crossed the wash around 1700 ft and climbed slopes to the left.
Doctor at home told me I had minor fractures of one thumb and one finger after falling on this trip. I got chewed out for waiting two weeks to have it looked at.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2030 ft / 619 m|
| Distance:||18 mi / 29 km|
| Route:||Heart Tank Wash|
| Trailhead:||920 ft / 280 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
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