Ascent of Kraft Mountain on 2013-11-24
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, November 24, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4714 ft / 1436 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI started this at ten a.m., which was a little late for what I was getting myself into. I didn't know the route up Kraft, so I had to find a way to get up there myself. It's fairly complex sandstone with poor visibility (a lot of boulders, cracks, crevices, slabs, etc.), so route finding both up and down took up some time. When I crossed over to New Peak, I was familiar with the ridge and although much of it is class 3, I made good time. Climbing the chute to Redcap (known for some reason as Turtlehead Junior on this site) was made more challenging because the sandstone was still wet from three days of heavy rain, which made it slippery. After summiting Redcap, I decided to go back down the way I came up instead of making class 4 moves on slippery sandstone which would have put me on a more direct path to the Calico peaks. This added considerable distance to the hike. Once atop Calico West I saw that there was little daylight left, so instead of taking the chance of down climbing class 3 (or 4 if one got off route) in the dark, I took the long way around back to the car. The last hour was spent with a head lamp on.
|Summary Total Data|
| Grade/Class:||class 3|
| Quality:||6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Clear|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Kraft, New, Redcap, and Calico West the Long Way|
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