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Ascent of Montara Mountain on 2011-07-02

Climber: Mark Kornfeind

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Montara Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1898 ft / 578 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the San Pedro Valley Park & Visitor Center, about 2 miles east of ocean in Pacifica. Some people start at the ocean at Montera Beach, but this option shaves a couple hundred feet in elevation (plus there was no fog 2 miles inland). Trail starts close to the restrooms and well marked along the way. It was surprising hot even at the ridgeline where I was expecting winds to cool things down. No luck. This 1,898 peak is the north peak which is past Peak Mountain that is on the right as you near all the antennas and some sub-peak (also with atennas) before the summit. The highpoint is north of the fenced in towers. The rock highpoint did not appear to have a benchmark. However as soon as I headed back down it appeared to me on the left side about 15 ft. from the highpoint. Some knuckleheads have vandellized it over the years with chisled initials. I've heard that it can be quite fogging in the area in summer, but luckily it was kept right at the coastline by some lower mountains. Mt. Tam, San Bruno Mt., Downtown S.F., Diablo were all clearly visible.

Energy:
1.5L Water
1 Cliff Bar
1/2 Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Side note: Met a guy at the top coming down who came from Montara Beach access. Guy was 30ish, 75 lbs. overweight and only had about 250ml of water left for the trek down. I offered him some of mine but he declined. I was surprised how good he looked for this hot day, 1,900 ft. gain he just did. I thought he would have passed out with a heart attack by now. It just reminds me again to not underestimate my own abilities or others...
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Route:San Pedro Valley Park
Descent Statistics



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