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Ascent of Mount Healy on 2008-08-15

Climber: Matt Powell

Date:Friday, August 15, 2008
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Healy
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:4900 ft / 1493 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started 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
    Route:East
    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
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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