Ascent of Mount Orizaba on 2013-07-31

Climber: David Kensiski

Others in Party:Blaine Goldsmith
Steve Goldsmith
Nick Heyer
Eric Kensiski
Jeff Peck
Matthew Peters
Justis Whalen
Date:Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Orizaba
    Elevation:2125 ft / 647 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day prior to the ascent, we canoed from Parsons Landing around the west point of the island, then to Little Harbor where we camped. Day of hike had us breaking camp for a trek up Sheep Chute (another steep fire road) to the airport for a quick lunch. Picked up the TCT to Black Jack Camp where we set up camp and had dinner as buffalo wandered through. Hiked the road and final trail to the peak to watch the sunset. Of course, it was in clouds, so sunset was just a darkening of the whiteout. Hiked back to camp with the aid of flashlights.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2125 ft / 647 m
    Total Elevation Loss:625 ft / 190 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, White-out
Peak was in the clouds; beautiful otherwise
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2125 ft / 647 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Sheep Chute, TCT
    Start Trailhead:Little Harbor  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:625 ft / 190 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:Black Jack Camp  1500 ft / 457 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Island Adventure (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Silver Peak2013-07-291804 ft / 550 m
2Mount Orizaba2013-07-312125 ft / 648 m
3Black Jack Mountain2013-08-01510 ft / 155 m
Total Trip Gain: 4439 ft / 1353 m    Total Trip Loss: 4439 ft / 1354 m

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