Ascent of Moapa Peak on 1994-12-30

Climber: Asher Waxman

Date:Friday, December 30, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moapa Peak
    Elevation:6471 ft / 1972 m

Ascent Trip Report

w/Dan Richter, Wynne Benti. Snow on peak. Used belay for WB.


" The following morning , we met Dan & Asher in Jack's Pockets country. Thankfully, they were undeterred by the heavy rain and snow of the first big storm system of winter, and were found sleeping comfortably just off of 1-15. We drove across the pocket's to the trailhead for Moapa, where we could see the snow-covered summit Had a cup of java, bid farewell to Andy and hiked up the craggy terraced cliffs of Moapa to the base of the third class ridge. There was at least a foot of snow at the base of the ridge and along its crest. We were unable to access the ridge from the backside (east-face) third class route, because of the heavy snow, so climbed up the west side (shown in the photo). Being the chicken of the group, I was belayed by Dan while he and Asher climbed free of rope, across the snow-covered ridge. Once in awhile I would hear Asher say "Doesn't look good," (just for dramatic effect). But, he kept on going, till he reached the summit, followed by Dan and yours truly. The views were spectacular. Snow on every visible mountain in the distance. Following a few Kodak poses on the summit, back down the ridge we went, but this time, three on a rope - "simulclimbing." It was great fun, being roped up, anticipating the fateful slip of foot that would truly test the 3-climber belay theory. We reached the end of the ridge where we met Paul Horton, a Teton guide from Jackson Hole<....> We returned to the cars, where Andy showed us the museum quality corals he had collected while waiting for us. Said good-bye to Paul who was going to camp at the trailhead there. Dan & Asher were off to lead a DPS trip in Death Valley and we went on to Bishop for a few days of r&r. Thanks to Dan & Asher for an unforgettable climb of Moapa."
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:

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