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Ascent of Ptarmigan Point on 2009-07-14

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Tim Newman
Date:Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ptarmigan Point
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12363 ft / 3768 m

Ascent Trip Report

When we ascended Ptarmigan Point, we were experiencing the worst winds of my hiking career. Still, it was virtually trivial to get to from Flattop Mountain, and the views were much better (especially looking off a lower crag just east of the summit). Beware that this is a dangerous peak in high winds - the ground is uneven, unsteady rocks, and if the wind is at the point of blowing you over, it makes a very bad place to fall.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:347 ft / 104 m
    Extra Gain:154 ft / 46 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Tonahutu Creek Trail -> Scramble
    Trailhead:Flattop Mountain (summit)  12324 ft / 3756 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: 2009 Flattop Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Flattop Mountain2009-07-14
2Ptarmigan Point2009-07-14



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