Ascent of Towne Benchmark on 2012-03-31

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Anji Cerney -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Dan Baxter -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Ken R
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Towne Benchmark
    Elevation:7287 ft / 2221 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hike starts up a steep hillside to a ridge, then follows some connecting ridges. Easy and I felt very strong. The wind was off the hook in places during this hike, at one point there was a sort of funnel that was sending a steady blast of what had to be at least 80 mph at us. Holding my trekking pole by the wrist strap, it was blowing my pole perpendicular to the ground and keeping it there. It was so stiff that walking a straight line was almost impossible - my feet weren't landing where I wanted to put them as I was literally being blown off course. For whatever reason, the wind was actually a pretty amazing experience.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2522 ft / 768 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2522 ft / 767 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Extremely Windy, Clear
Near gale force winds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2522 ft / 768 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2322 ft / 708 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Turnout off Hwy 190  4965 ft / 1513 m
    Time:2 Hours 8 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2322 ft / 707 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Turnout off Hwy 190  4965 ft / 1513 m
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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