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Ascent of Finnback Knob on 2018-09-14

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 14, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Finnback Knob
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13409 ft / 4087 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trip mileage on this is simply added on to the hike up Horseshoe instead of saddle to saddle which I am feeling to lazy to calculate correctly. It was 0.6 miles each way extra. There is a large nasty downclimb in unstable rock, an easy saddle and a moderate upclimb to gain the 129 feet of prominence but then the only safe way back to the main saddle between Peerless and Horseshoe, was unfortunately to re-climb most of Horseshoe. I plotted my GPS track back from this small peak and down to the car for reference although the climbing stats herein is only the extra credit trip down and back to Horseshoe since I included the downclimb back to the car as part of the Horseshoe climb

Whereas the hike up Horseshoe was all easy class 1 and stable rock the backside of Horseshoe had some very unstable talus and so what the heck was I thinking doing this for extra credit by myself? But then I see that Gerry Roach climbed this goofy little extra credit peak and if good enough for him.......suddenly feeling alright about bagging this extra credit. Ha!


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:629 ft / 191 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:129 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:extra credit from peak of Horseshoe
    Start Trailhead:see TR and GPS  13280 ft / 4047 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Fairplay-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Horseshoe Mountain2018-09-14 a1975 ft / 602 m
2Finnback Knob2018-09-14 b629 ft / 192 m
Total Trip Gain: 2604 ft / 794 m    Total Trip Loss: 600 ft / 182 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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