Ascent of Spirit Mountain on 2012-11-25

Climber: James Morehouse

Others in Party:Lorraine Wajda
Date:Sunday, November 25, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Spirit Mountain
    Elevation:5639 ft / 1718 m

Ascent Trip Report

Extremely difficult terrain. Took the wrong gully and ended up at a Class 5 dryfall. I took a scree filled chute up and found the route again, but back tracked all the way around to pick up my climbing partner. Off we went again. Steep, still loose and rocky all the way to the summit. At the summit, it wasn't clear which spire was the actual peak, so I went up nearly all of them before finding it. What an exhausting day. On SummitPost, the writer mentions that the terrain is more complex than it looks. That would be an understatement. Don't under estimate this peak like I (we) did. It is a tough one, and deserves every bit to be in the LVMC 50 Classic Peaks list. Note: this was the third attempt. One in January, once in October of this year. Both times we got tempted to reach the ridge line too early and ended up in a complex, cliffy mess. By the way, do not attempt to use my gps track, unless you're more intelligent about such things than I was when I did this trip. There are several mistakes here that would cost you. Believe me.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3529 ft / 1075 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2 and 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3529 ft / 1075 m
    Extra Loss:1820 ft / 554 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Standard route, sort of.
    Trailhead:Christmas Tree Pass  3930 ft / 1197 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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