Ascent of Kraft Mountain on 2013-11-24

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kraft Mountain
    Elevation:4714 ft / 1436 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Kraft Mountain2013-11-24 
2New Peak2013-11-24 
3Turtlehead Junior2013-11-24 
4West Calico Tank Peak2013-11-24 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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