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Ascent of Rainbow Wall on 2012-03-11

Climber: BMS 914

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 11, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Rainbow Wall
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:6924 ft / 2110 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a difficult hike originating at a dirt road off Lovell Canyon Rd, as per Zdon's Desert Summits book for Mt Wilson. The up and down along the Escarpment made it much more difficult, and the descent toward Rainbow (mostly Class 2 with a few little rock ribs that needed downclimbed) is the "crux". The limestone on the Escarpment is very crummy: I now need shoulder surgery after tearing my labrum a month ago after a foothold that broke off out of nowhere (see Mt Wilson entry). My goal was therefore to avoid climbing as much as possible. There was one 12' crack climb near the summit of Rainbow Wall itself, but that is on excellent sandstone. The hike back is just as difficult. Lots of steep, nasty Class 2 on this hike, with some very sharp desert plants growing everywhere. Saw Bighorn Sheep and Wild Burro droppings, but no animals today.

The face of the wall is approx 1200' straight down and is well known as premiere rock climbing destination. I didn't climb the face.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4651 ft / 1416 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4651 ft / 1416 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Clear and windy, afternoon clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2955 ft / 900 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1259 ft / 384 m; Extra: 1696 ft / 516m
    Loss on way in:1696 ft / 516 m
    Distance:5.8 mi / 9.3 km
    Route:Ridge up to First Creek Overlook Pk, then Escarpme
    Start Trailhead:End of dirt rd off Lovell Canyon Rd  5665 ft / 1726 m
    Time:5 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2955 ft / 900 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1259 ft / 384 m; Extra: 1696 ft / 516m
    Gain on way out:1696 ft / 516 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Ridge up to First Creek Overlook Pk, then Escarpme
    End Trailhead:End of dirt rd off Lovell Canyon Rd  5665 ft / 1726 m
    Time:4 Hours 53 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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