Ascent of Mount Healy on 2008-08-15
|Date:||Friday, August 15, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
| Elevation:||4900 ft / 1493 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted trip at the Bison Gulch trailhead above the Nenana River. Supplies included: 24oz gaterade, lousy boots, no food and a camera. This appeared to be a short hike. The first mile and a half was a fairly steep unmaintained trail. Beautiful hike, lots of blueberries.
Between 3000' and 3600' the scramble started. This was a nice area. Lots of Pica (ground squirrel) and I saw a wolverine. The trail disapeared into the shale.
Above 3600' start with a mix of exposed scramble and sheep trails. There are some steep spots on the ridge but on the west side of the ridge it was a little less steep. At this point I started to realize that I might not make it to the peak. I was running low on liquids and lacked a few basic pieces of equipment.
Once I made it to the top of the ridge above the saddle I decided that I would not go any further. It was a great view and I didn't want to push myself too far. The last push to the peak looked like loose shale and one smaller peak to cross. I was maybe a mile horizontal and 1000' vertical short of the peak.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3300 ft / 1006 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Trailhead:||1600 ft / 487 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||6 Hours |
| Time Down:||3 Hours |
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