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Ascent of Hole in the Mountain Peak on 2014-07-27

Climber: Rich Stephens

Others in Party:Can't Find ClimberID 2631>; Susan Wenberg; Lyn Blackshaw; Kay; Eric Kassan <1333
Date:Sunday, July 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Hole in the Mountain Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11306 ft / 3446 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started this trip at the very end of the 4WD Forest Service road at coordinates: 40.940634,-115.098984. It was difficult to drive up to this point because the road is rough with many rocks and obstacles. We were in two 4WD vehicles and we both struggled to get up there, especially in one terrible section with very loose rocks and dirt. We eventually made it and camped at the end of the road. If we weren't able to make it by vehicle, the alternative was to camp further down the road and walk up but this saved us a bunch of vertical elevation.

We left the trailhead at 0530 hours and found a faint use trail in the shrubs that took up and way over to the right to the bottom of the chute that sits just to the right of the peak. It turned out to be a fairly straightforward hike and we made our way up the chute to the summit. It turned out to be just under 3K feet of gain and took roughly 3 hours. I just happened to be the first up to the summit and I came upon about 10 mountain goats that descended quickly down the other side.

Eric had his celebration at the summit for completing the Nevada peaks with over 2K feet of prominence. This was a great accomplishment. We hung out at the summit for about an hour and then we descended. Instead of going down the same way that we came up, I opted to go straight down the mountain by starting just below the actual summit. It looked like a reasonable class 4 downclimb so I took off solo. I carefully descended and found the rock to be mostly solid with plenty of handholds. I realized that this actually would have been a good ascent route. However, from the trailhead, it looked almost impossible without rock pro. I eventually made it down and traversed over to meet the rest of the group. It is important to note that if I would have had the energy and had known about this class 4 climb at the beginning, I would have climbed the east face of the mountain to the "hole in the mountain" first and then I would have descended back down a bit, traversed over, and then made my way to the summit. I would have climbed up to the hole on the way down but I didn't have enough energy or motivation.

We made it back to the trailhead by following mostly the same way that we ascended. We broke camp and then descended down the 4WD road without issues. It was still a very rough road going down though.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2921 ft / 891 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Route:East side
    Trailhead:End of 4wd Road  8385 ft / 2555 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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