Ascent to Fremont Peak-Doyle Saddle on 2012-05-25

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Friday, May 25, 2012
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Fremont Peak - Doyle Saddle
    Elevation:10600 ft / 3230 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Parking Lot at Shultz Tank at 1:36 PM too late in the day we would find out to summit any of the backside peaks and return to the car with any reasonable safety margin. The Weatherford trail is an old car road route converted to a hiking trail. Although well maintained, it is slow and dusty and obtains vertical far to slowly for my taste. It was good for acclimation but the views were not good until the Doyle Saddle. So a long slug up till then ( 6 miles).

Lower sections were most enjoyable going throug massive Ponderosa Pine groves with other large black bark pines and some nice meadows. I used a foot insert in my boots that made my heel wear wrong and developed quarter sized blisters after only a half mile that would plague me the rest of our AZ trip and turn this 12 mile segment into a less fun outing.

We had a turn around time of 4 PM not knowing what time it got dark and at 4:15 we turn back at the saddle. This time of the year we were told to have crampons and snowshoes but the low snow year was all but melted. The only snow was on the backside of the Humphries which comes to view beyond the saddle. Doyle peak and Fremont Peak were tantilizingly close but we abandoned further hiking as it was not 4:30 late in the day, I and blisters, and we were on our second hike of the day and returning then would still give us a near 18 miles of hiking for the day and plenty of first day acclimation to get us ready for the state HP the next day. We left the saddle and returned to car around 6:25PM. The hike had lots of day use but nobody we met made any of peaks; most were hitting the saddle or just the meadows and back but then again we missed the morning traffic hikers.

Daniel got sick later in the car driving up the winding road to the thrid TH (the one for Mount Humphries) from his slower acclimation, carsickness, and for the third time with me on a higher altitude climbing trip - threw up. This has always happened shortly as we get down a first day acclimation hike. He is always better the next day after acclimating but we checked in to the Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins at base of Mount Humphries on the other side of the mastif. Daniel could not eat dinner. We slept at 7,340 that night to help Daniel acclimate. He felt better in the morning as usual.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2650 ft / 807 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:Weatherford Trail
    Trailhead:Shultz Tank  8000 ft / 2438 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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