Ascent to Paradise Peak-8100ft on 2010-02-13

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Saturday, February 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Paradise Peak - 8100ft
    Elevation:8100 ft / 2468 m
    Remaining Elevation:550 ft / 168 m (14% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Followed 4wd rd to 6000ft then climbed through trees and partial snowcover to 7000ft. Snow became deeper, 1ft with three foot drifts made it to point 8130ft about 1/2 mile from summit but the thought of postholing in waist deep snow the rest of the way and a diminishing reseve of energy (even after a 5hr energy drink) I decided to turn back and the descent down a snow filled ravine was not any better. Total miles 19 in 9.5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3520 ft / 1073 m
    Elevation Loss:3520 ft / 1073 m
    Distance:19 mi / 30.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
1-3feet snow above 7000ft
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3520 ft / 1073 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Sheep Canyon/West slopes
    Trailhead:hwy  4580 ft / 1395 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3520 ft / 1073 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Sheep Canyon/West slopes
    Trailhead:hwy  4580 ft / 1395 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 30 Minutes

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