Ascent of Whitebank Benchmark on 2015-11-16

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Monday, November 16, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitebank Benchmark
    Elevation:1023 ft / 311 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a remote, small summit northeast of Quartz Peak. The road in starts at the Border Patrol check point on highway 78. There is another starting point south of the check point, but I used the one just on the north side of the trailers. UTM there is: 698030E, 3668270N, NAD27. The road goes east on the south side of Buzzards Peak for about two miles then drops into Vinagre Wash. The road is signed along the way as EC597. It is a long and sandy route of about 9.5 miles and four-wheel drive is definitely needed. I reached an old windmill at Arrowweed Springs and continued a short distance further and parked on the north side of a broad wash at point WB1. Hike north in the canyon a short distance then up over a ridge. The summit then comes into view. Cross the valley and head to a gap in the ridge at WB5. Then follow the somewhat airy ridge west to the summit. On top I found the usual sticks and wire and no register. The slopes up the northwest side looked like an easier route. My route works and is about 2 miles round-trip with a gain of 600 ft. 11/15 RLC
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    Route:East ridge
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