Ascent of Mount Nebo on 2021-07-24

Climber: Otto De Groff

Date:Saturday, July 24, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Nebo
    Elevation:11928 ft / 3635 m

Ascent Trip Report

Once on top of Nebo (I started at 6:45 am, and summited at 9:30 am), I felt like I still had a lot of day ahead of me, so I decided to try a descent down into North Basin, where I could meet up with the Nebo Bench trail, and take that back to the trailhead.

My descent into North Basin was far more tedious than I had hoped would be the case. I started out staying just to the south of the ridge that drops to the southeast from the summit, and then eventually dropped into the upper basin. From the summit to about 11200 feet, the route was on lose scree, and involved navigation around small cliff bands. The steepness and lose nature of the upper slopes of North Basin make for very unpleasant scrambling / sliding!

At about 11200' I regained the southeast ridge, just to look over the other side. There I saw 2 goats on the ridge about 1/4 mile (or less) to the north.

Once I got to 11200 or 11000', the going became easier, down and ascross slightly less steep slopes with mountain vegetation (lupine, and lower, chokecherry) growing in the basin. In my descent I gradually crossed to the south side of the basin, going around the north side of the 10280'+ knob. After that I descended pretty steep, vegetated slopes to the Nebo Bench trail.

A small bit of snow was still hanging out where the Bench trail crosses through North Basin, at 9520'. I filled my empty bottle from the dripping end of the snopatch, in a hollow, cave like opening.

Once on the trail, I had the long, slow miles to the trailhead before me. I reached the trailhead in mid-afternoon, having spent a considerable amount of time descending into North Basin.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:508 ft / 154 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2668 ft / 813 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2 and 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Very hazy!
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:508 ft / 154 m
    Route:Nebo Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Nebo Ridge  11420 ft / 3480 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2668 ft / 813 m
    Route:North Basin / Nebo Bench Trail
    End Trailhead:North Nebo trailhead  9260 ft / 2822 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Nebo 7/21

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Peak2021-07-24 a1914 ft / 583 m
2Wolf Pass Peak2021-07-24 b820 ft / 250 m
3Mount Nebo2021-07-24 c508 ft / 155 m
Total Trip Gain: 3242 ft / 988 m    Total Trip Loss: 3242 ft / 988 m

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