Ascent of Pioneer Rock on 2019-09-06

Climber: Sara Weimar

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pioneer Rock
    Elevation:9035 ft / 2753 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the road down to the private housing area road and then went up and over the ridge to join a service road into the old Foxtail camp. Followed those roads until one turns off toward the peak, then joined an obvious use-trail to get up below the SE ridge.

The SE ridge is about forty feet of class 4 climbing on the typically crumbly Spring Mountains limestone. However, I was able to find reasonably solid hand and footholds the entire way. There is a single old bolt about five feet below the summit and I replaced the worn sling there with a white and blue sewn sling; the rapide is in good condition. If I go back, I’ll bring more webbing to sling a bar that sticks out of the rock; it seems relatively solid and would make the anchor a two-piece anchor.

I signed the summit log and rappelled with my doubled 100 foot rope. I was happy to not have to down climb the crumbly ridge, though this would have been doable imo with some care.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:650 ft / 198 m
    Total Elevation Loss:90 ft / 27 m
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:650 ft / 198 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 560 ft / 170 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:SE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Lower Bristlecone TH  8475 ft / 2583 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes

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