Ascent of Bren Benchmark on 2013-05-28

Climber: Sean Phillips

Date:Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bren Benchmark
    Elevation:3988 ft / 1215 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wow. what a wild ride. My gf and I attempted this about an hour and a half before sun set... not a good idea. Its very steep for most of the trek. We made it starting from the bottom of gates pass and hiking the yetmen trail until the gates pass intersection. Then we went north on that trail staying right, this took us around to the north side of the peak. From there we really started the ascent. We made it up at about sunset. Not good news!

We still had to hike down, some how, before twilight. We decided that the south side looked easier, so we continued this way. Since the full moon had just passed, we wouldn't have a moon for a good hour after the last of the light had finally vanished. Good thing, she had packed a flashlight because I forgot completely. We got about a third down the mountain before the sun finally set. There was cholla sticking to us at every turn, because we were rushing we were slipping all over the place. I still have little pieces of cactus stuck in me. We finally made it to the Yetmen trail and then back to the truck.

Man, that was sketchy. Lesson 1, always remember to pull your head lamp out of your other packs. Lesson 2, time more appropriately. Oh well, we made it down with out needing a helicopter. So I consider that a success.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route:Yetmen Trail to Gates Pass Trail to Off Trail up
    Trailhead:Bottom of Gates Pass  2988 ft / 910 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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