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Ascent of Duckwater Peak on 2012-06-23

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Collin Kamholz
Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Jose Witt
Melinda Hernandez
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Duckwater Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11175 ft / 3406 m

Ascent Trip Report

The last peak in our Currant/Duckwater trip. The traverse over from Currant was pretty tough. The first part involved dropping off the West face onto very loose scree and talus. The terrain here was very steep and treacherous, and one party member (Lindsey) took a fall that nearly resulted in a catastrophic injury had she not hit a tree that stopped it early. From there it was a knife edge ridge, some elevation loss, then the plodding ascent of Duckwater. I hit my head on a tree branch near the summit that rang my bell (stupid cap obscured my view). The descent was absolutely miserable. Collin, Eric, went back down to pick up Lindsey who did not summit. They took a steep gully down to the road and met Lori and her truck who had driven up to meet them. Jose, Anji, Melinda and I went on a ridge, then took the wrong ridge after some debate leading us much too far North. We eventually met Lori in her truck who took us back to the campground. Melinda was nearly at the point of passing out. All of us were very, very tired and out of liquids. No times/GPS track is available but the whole outing was over 14 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2074 ft / 631 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4186 ft / 1275 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Clear day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1308 ft / 398 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 558 ft / 170 m; Extra: 750 ft / 228m
    Loss on way in:750 ft / 228 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle w/Currant  10617 ft / 3236 m
    Time:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3436 ft / 1047 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2670 ft / 814 m; Extra: 766 ft / 233m
    Gain on way out:766 ft / 233 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:North Ridge to East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Road somewhere  8505 ft / 2592 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Duckwater

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1White Pine Peak 113602012-06-23 a3098 ft / 944 m
2Currant Mountain2012-06-23 b618 ft / 188 m
3Duckwater Peak2012-06-23 c2074 ft / 632 m
Total Trip Gain: 5790 ft / 1764 m    Total Trip Loss: 5664 ft / 1727 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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