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Ascent of West Buffalo Peak on 1995-10-01

Climber: David Olson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, October 1, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:West Buffalo Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13326 ft / 4061 m

Ascent Trip Report

I got an 8:15 am start, with intent to climb Mt. Democrat by its south ridge. I arrived at Kite Lake at 10:15 a.m. and found a uniform six inches of snow. I spent an hour hiking up west and hiking back down. I then drove to the Salt Creek access to the Buffalo Peaks, Forest Road 436. At the end of the road, 1:19 p.m., I hiked up the closed remnant of the road and across open timberline forest to the foot of East Buffalo Peak. I ascended it, 13300 ft., then went down to the saddle and up West Buffalo Pk., 13326 ft. I saw George Vandersluis and Mary Maurer's names on the register for the day before. I descended to the saddle, down and then around East Buffalo Peak. 1:19, E Buffalo 3:15, W Buffalo 4:15 p.m.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2726 ft / 831 m
    Elevation Loss:2726 ft / 831 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2726 ft / 831 m
    Trailhead:Road block, Salt Creek Road 436  10600 ft / 3230 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2726 ft / 831 m
    Trailhead:same as start point  10600 ft / 3230 m



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