Ascent of Pioneer Rock on 2019-09-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, September 6, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9035 ft / 2753 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI 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|
| 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|
| Time:||30 Minutes|
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