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Ascent of Taunton Benchmark on 2011-12-18

Climber: Ken Russell

Others in Party:Ryan Courtney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Taunton Benchmark
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:1903 ft / 580 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up from the west end of Yeisley Road through the orchard to the com towers at the east end of the ridge. Recommend stopping at the orchard office or calling the number on their access signs. Road leaves the orchard at the top end of row of poplar trees and is high clearance. Drove 1/2 mile west to Pt 1662 where there was a ranch gate. It had a chain and could only be opened part way. We chose to walk the remaining 1.5 miles to the BM.

Thick, thick, thick frost on everything and foggy, but no wind and a pleasant winter walk. BM is on a raised pipe.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:301 ft / 92 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Trailhead:Pt 1662  1662 ft / 506 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cold, Calm, White-out
Heavy frost and fog
Ascent Part of Trip: Prom Frost 2011

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Lyons Head2011-12-18 a
2Washtucna Benchmark2011-12-18 b
3Hunt Benchmark2011-12-18 c
4Taunton Benchmark2011-12-18 d



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