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Ascent of Lincoln County High Point on 2012-08-03

Climber: Don Nelsen

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lincoln County High Point
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:3401 ft / 1036 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an excercise in endurance as lots of things went wrong. Still, I knocked this bad boy off and got my penultimate OR HP taken care of.

The day started out forcast to be the hottest so far this year in the area so working was not on the table if I could avoid it - which I did! Trouble is, this turned into a LOT of work, but, heck, I knocked off the county so I call that a success.

On Oct. 30th, 2005, I tagged the more western "alternative" HP for Lincoln (Which may well be higher, BTW) and let this one slide for the time being.

I took my bike and was able to ride it about two thirds of the distance to about the seventh mile on the Murphy grade where it suffered a flat.

The gate was open but clearly signed "No public entry" as logging was going on. Because of this, I started in from road 6E, about 6/10 mile west of the main road, the Murphy grade, to avoid trucks for as long as possible. This worked well, sort of, but I managed to do a front endo and hurt my knee on the much rougher 6E road. I joined the main road after about 1.7 miles and dodged trucks after that. I stepped far off to the side as they passed and I don't think they even noticed me. The logging was going on off a spur at about mile five so I didn't have to worry past that.

The HP had wonderful views and Richard Carrie's red can and bottle register was there to sign. Once back to get my bike I found I could ride it with the flat front tire but I had to go slow and be careful - the tire came off the rim a half dozen times but once the road surface improved about mile six, it stayed on for the rest of the way. Total distance 20.7 miles, elevation gain: 3450', time: 3:25 up and 2:10 back. Without the flat problems, I think I could do this in about 2:30 up and about 1:30 or less back. The road is rough in places and steep in many spots so you can't ride a bike as fast as you would like! I think a straight hike would take about 7 to 8 hours RT.

Don
Summary Total Data
    Distance:20.7 mi / 33.3 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Gear Used:
Bicycle
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:10.7 mi / 17.2 km
    Route:Murphy grade, mostly
    Time Up:3 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Time Down:2 Hours 10 Minutes



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