Ascent of Mormon Peak on 2012-11-04
|Others in Party:||Paul Garry|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, November 4, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||7414 ft / 2259 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI was just getting over a stomach bug that sidelined me all day Friday and caused me to miss out on a great hike up Muddy on Saturday with Keith, Paul, and John. Luckily, after a lot of rest on Saturday, I was up for the hike on Sunday. We followed Eric Kassan's driving directions, much to our dismay. They somehow led us to the "old" hiking route, which we luckily had a map for from Richard Carey's website. We easily made our way up to the plane crash, which was very interesting. As it turns out, I think I found the crash on the Air Force Class A Aerospace Mishap website (though I could be wrong): http://usaf.aib.law.af.mil/ExecSum2000/F-16C_Nellis_8Aug00.pdf. Glad the pilot ejected safely. From the crash site, we headed up the ridge and the (not so) fun began. The ridge up to the peak is not too difficult for navigation, but there are a lot of sections of limestone that require you to pass below on some crappy side hill territory. I generally hate side-hilling. We made it past the north side of "the Beehive" and once on the main ridge, the walking to the summit was pleasant. This is also where the GPS tracks from Dennis Poulin and Eric Kassan joined our route. The walk through the pinyon pine was really nice, and as always, the view from the top was amazing. The summit register reveals the usual suspects and very infrequent visitation, 2-3 parties a year on average. The Mormon Mountains are quite rugged, and I would guess than other than Moapa and this peak, few ever see human visitors. Our hike down pretty much followed our ascent route, though we considered other options. Out of fear of cliffing out, we just returned via the same route. The ride out was uneventful and the dreaded gate was unlocked and appeared that it has been unlocked and open for quite a long time.
6h 17m moving time
2h 14m stopped
1.4 mph moving avg
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4114 ft / 1253 m|
| Elevation Gain:||3814 ft / 1162 m|
| Extra Loss:||300 ft / 91 m|
| Route:||West Ridge|
| Trailhead:||3900 ft / 1188 m|
| Extra Gain:||300 ft / 91 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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