Ascent of Greycap on 2013-12-30

Climber: James Morehouse

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, December 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:5443 ft / 1659 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started out with the idea of traversing the whole sandstone ridge, but gave that up quickly when I hit a low class 5 climb that had no guarantee that the other side would go, and down climbing it after wards was not an option without rope and some assistance, so I bailed off the ridge down a nasty crack system that had several class 4 down climbs until I hit the basin again and I set off for Gray Cap. Gray Cap is itself a nearly endless series of class 3 and 4 scrambles up first beige and then red sandstone, ending finally at a limestone cap, thus the name, Gray Cap. I continued on the ridge as far as I could go, then began down climbing a seemingly endless array of class 3 and 4 down climbs to finally hit the wash below. Then it was an easy hike out and back to the car. A great day, cool, sunny, and peaceful.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4587 ft / 1397 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4587 ft / 1397 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3, some Class
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3361 ft / 1024 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1981 ft / 604 m; Extra: 1380 ft / 420m
    Loss on way in:1380 ft / 420 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.3 km
    Route:See the gps track
    Start Trailhead:Red Springs TH  3462 ft / 1055 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3207 ft / 977 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1981 ft / 604 m; Extra: 1226 ft / 373m
    Gain on way out:1226 ft / 373 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    End Trailhead:Red Springs TH  3462 ft / 1055 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Morehouse
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