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Ascent of Tiefort Mountains High Point on 2015-04-18

Climber: Dan Baxter

Others in Party:Ron Bartell
Bob Burd -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Paul Garry
Anne Mullins
Laura Newman
Patrick ONeill -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Bob Sumner <3289> John Hamann
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tiefort Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5063 ft / 1543 m

Ascent Trip Report

This climb was spearheaded and arranged by John Hamann. Ten of us all successfully summited. It was frustrating in that John arranged this climb a couple of times earlier in the past year, only to have the Army cancel those dates.This is NOT a mountain you want to climb during an April heat wave, but thats what we did! Every time I began to feel sorry for myself, I remembered that we were following a fairly good use trail created by soldiers, many of whom I'm sure went up there with huge packs in worse heat...... Anyway, it was 89 degrees when we got back to the treailhead, and 93 degrees back at range control.

Many rules and regs to follow:
John had to attend a course the previous day - don't touch bombs, report any tortoises
Minimum of four people
Two has to have current first aid certification cards.
Every one gives personal info to Army ahead of time
Every vehicle needs current registration and insurance cards
Every one needs ID (One individual didn't - she remained at the gate all day!!)
Carry an Army radio - report in hourly
Follow the defined route (powerlines up to summit towers)

We didn't actually start until after 10 am - way too late on a hot day, but much time spent at Range Control learning the dangers of wasps etc after our entry at 8 am.

The use trail as mentioned was actually quite good. All class 2 except I had a 100 feet of high class 3 when my hat blew downslope on the return :-(

The radio tower you reach about halfway up provided much desired shade for a rest stop.

The actual summit has two possible hp's and you should go to both. The second farther one is probqbly higher and has the summit benchmark disc - on a mobile rock that the army put on the tower planking after obviously dislodging it during some prior summit bulldozing!

Can't find my GPS/time data, so using that of prior climbs.
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Summit towers (2015-04-18). Photo by Dan Baxter.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2943 ft / 897 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2943 ft / 897 m
    Extra Loss:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Trailhead:Just before (downhill) of quarry  2420 ft / 737 m
Descent Statistics



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