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Ascent of Highland Peak on 2005-03-20

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Artski
Date:Sunday, March 20, 2005
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:Highland Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12381 ft / 3773 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the top of the Loge Peak lift, we skied to the patrol hut on the south side of the peak. They were out of slings, but Artski had a large climbing backpack, and offered to carry my skis for me, so that it did not hurt my shoulders to carry them myself. We skied up to the snow cat dock, and got our bonus 50 or so vertical feet boost. From the top of the ramp, it was a windy hike up a somewhat established bootpack. In certain areas, the wind was constantly filling in the bootpack, and everyone was breaking their own trail. The hike took us a longer time than most, but we were feeling the elevation. To date (9/2011), this is still the highest elevation that I have hiked at. Once onto the first false summit, the pitch lessens and it is a nice stroll to the top. At the communication tower at the top we got our picture with other skiers around prayer flags and ski patrol toboggans. Wanting the most skiing for our hike, we decided to ski down Ozone, the direct ascent from the top. It was quite a steep decent, but an awesome run after one of our first ever hike to ski runs!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:671 ft / 204 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2516 ft / 766 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:671 ft / 204 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 661 ft / 201 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 0.9 km
    Start Trailhead:Loge Peak Lift  11720 ft / 3572 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2506 ft / 763 m
    End Trailhead:Deep Temerity  9875 ft / 3009 m



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