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Ascent of Devils Peak on 1992-02-21

Climber: John Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, February 21, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Devils Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7704 ft / 2348 m

Ascent Trip Report

Road from north was done by a caterpillar tractor and to icy to ski. Groomed trails at Royal Gorge Xcounty ski area was good from 10 to 5:00 but icy thereafter, esp. where the sun didn't shine on them. We took the trails over to the west side of the peak and skied up to the ridge and over to the base of the rock on the SW side. Jackie got 80% of the way to the top of the first peaklet and turned back due to having to cross snow besides the steep rock. I continued on and made the peak but it took a full hour to do it and return to the skis, where Jackie was sleeping. We were exhaused and slower on the way back, not getting back to the wilderness hut until 5:30, where we managed to get a snowmobile ride back along the Yuba Trail to the main lodge and car (at 6 pm). Off the trail, it must have rained on the snow to produce unusual patterns, ripples up to a foot deep with at period of about 3 feet in many areas, esp where we went up to Devil's ridge. The snow was also very hard
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1804 ft / 549 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1804 ft / 549 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 3
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1304 ft / 397 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 804 ft / 245 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:skied from Royal Gorge Ski Resort
    Start Trailhead:Royal Gorge (Xcntry ski) Main Lodge  6900 ft / 2103 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1304 ft / 397 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 804 ft / 245 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:skied back to Royal Gorge
    End Trailhead:Royal Gorge (Xcntry ski) Main Lodge  6900 ft / 2103 m



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