Ascent to Peak 8206-Base of final big rock on 2019-06-22

Climber: William Inman

Others in Party:Kime King
Date:Saturday, June 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Point Reached:Peak 8206 - Base of final big rock
    Elevation:8190 ft / 2496 m
    Remaining Elevation:16 ft / 5 m (1% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

I hate to log an "unsuccessful" attempt, but didn't want to just ignore this effort, either. Kime and I did this as another workout involving hiking up Ash Canyon Rd. from where the closed gate stops vehicle travel, but we also wanted to do this peak, as we'd already hiked sections of the road before (she twice, myself 4 times) as workouts, and wanted to reach the peak this time, then go do our future "workouts" elsewhere. It is also on my "Nevada Sierra Peaks" list, so I wanted to do it for that reason too.

When we got to where we could see the peak was a "rock", I knew it could present problems, but expected to be able to find a way to the top. But as we closed in, crawling over more and more challenging rocks on the south and then east side of the final boulder, we began to see that this one might be a bit more "serious" than we were prepared to tackle that day. I saw a couple places that looked like had enough hand and footholds to make it much farther up, but considering the time, our lack of ANY "rock climbing" gear with us, and the fact that we'd "made it" except for the last 10 or 15 estimated ft. up the dangerous rock face, we called it "good".

Will I return to bag it "for real" someday? Don't know. ...maybe...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2590 ft / 789 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1, 2, and 3
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful day. Pretty warm at start, but comfortable on top
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2590 ft / 789 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:.... nsp ... ash canyon rd.
    Start Trailhead:Gate across Ash Canyon Rd.  5600 ft / 1706 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:same as up - but reversed
    End Trailhead:same as start  
    Time:2 Hours 1 Minutes

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