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Ascent of Playground Peak on 2020-12-31

Climber: Sean Casserly

Date:Thursday, December 31, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Playground Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:5265 ft / 1604 m

Ascent Trip Report

I went for this peak without looking at any beta. The summit is a mess of giant boulders. There are two rocks of near equal height separated by a notch. Tricky route finding is needed to reach them both. My route involved lots of friction slabs and a big air leap. There was a cairn on what I felt was the lower yet easier summit. To reach the higher one (my estimate 6 inch delta), I took a large leap across the notch and landed on a lower friction slab then walked to the top. No register. Returning was the challenge. It was a short class 5.2 pitch with flaky holds that I didn't feel comfortable trusting my whole weight on. I recommend protecting this, somehow.. Maybe the belayer can act as an anchor and counterweight themselves. On the way back the big air leap is harder, since you are jumping from a lower rock. With my long legs I was able to make it, but my partner felt safer descending an ugly looking slanted chimney with some exposure. A rappel here might be nice to have.

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