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Ascent of Castle Rock on 2021-07-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 5, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Rock
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6319 ft / 1926 m

Ascent Trip Report

Same old run up from Belvedere Road and instead of scrambling the last bit of basalt I actually took the stairs and experienced my first CO rattler! Just trying to close out a new month (working on certain local training hikes to bag the peak in every month of the year) and saw a small hole in the rock with a large shredded snake skin. I wondered if it might have been from a rattler but I did not see the snake so I stepped over the hole and as I did the rattling began. I went back to see if I could spot the weary serpent coiled near the rock but did not and decided that since it was kind enough to warn me away I would respect its wishes. Since it was only 15 feet from the top concrete steps I let others near the top to give it space



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:529 ft / 160 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 8 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:514 ft / 156 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 499 ft / 153 m; Extra: 15 ft / 4m
    Loss on way in:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Start Trailhead:5820 ft / 1773 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Gain on way out:15 ft / 4 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km



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