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Ascent of Mount Stirling on 2011-06-05

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Jim Fleming leader
Tina Bowman & Dave Perkins co-leads
James Barlow
Gary Bowen
Sharon-Marie Wilcox
Larry Grant
Ute Dietrich
Rich Wilson
John Ide
Daniel Bleiberg
Mathew Kelliher
Karin Edward----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Stirling
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:8219 ft / 2505 m

Ascent Trip Report

Successful summit by 13 members of Sierra Club's Desert Peak section, the day after we summited Hayford Peak.

We used the DPS guide. We started at the guide's 2WD starting point, but the road there is definitely now 4WD and high clearance. From there we accidentally walked too far up the 4wd dirt road and missed the NE ridge described in the DPS guide. Rather, we ended up going SW over one ridge point up to and over Pt 2311 Meters, then NE then SW up to the summit. This added some distance and time, but not too bad and all and all a pleasant route up. Brief tough brush only for 50 feet in the creek bed at the onset of the XC. Vegetation for the remainder of the ascent and descent required some thoughtful route picking and occasional ducking but was ok.

The summit itself was far superior to the windy, flat topped and antenna strewn higher neighbor the day before, Hayford Peak. Telescope, Sierras, Area 51 etc.

We descended to the northeast via the DPS route, seeing many petroglyphs on the rocks below the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2499 ft / 761 m
    Elevation Loss:2500 ft / 762 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class I 10 feet Clas
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
perfect day for a desert peak!
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2449 ft / 746 m
    Extra Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:loop via point 2311
    Trailhead:2WD arrow on DPS map  6070 ft / 1850 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2200 ft / 671 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:DPS route
    Trailhead:our vehicles  6069 ft / 1849 m



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