Ascent of Toiyabe Dome on 2014-09-13

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Mountain Man Henry The
Kay Komuro -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Laszlo Heredy
RJ Silver
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 13, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Toiyabe Dome
    Elevation:11361 ft / 3462 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a difficult hike, and one should be properly prepared both physically and in terms of provisions- especially with heat, this hike requires considerable water.

Unlike my earlier trip report, I was not able to find the nice class 3-4 initial ascent route. That said, we did make it up dealing with a bit of class 3 here and there, but plenty of loose scree as well. As mentioned in my earlier trip report keeping on the ridge below 8500' and just north of the ridge above it until just before peak 10,483.

Once you hit the ridge near peak 10,483, you get a great view of the remaining hike, but beware- you are still about 2 miles away- still a long way to go if you're running low on supplies, or late with time. I've always side-hilled around peak 10,666, but others have gone over it easily. From the pass on the southwest side of that peak, the route is trivial.

The descent is another story. I've never descended on my ascent route (the ridge) as I felt if running out of daylight is an issue, the little canyon to the north (the one that starts just north of peak 8230') would be safer. This time, we descended that in complete darkness (other than our headlamps), and I'm less sure about that call. While we didn't have to worry about navigation (once in the canyon you only need to go down) nor cliffs, there were numerous other hazards (fallen trees, loose rocks, brush) that were still quite challenging and even dangerous in the dark. That said, those in our party that did it with daylight didn't think it was bad at all.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5401 ft / 1645 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5401 ft / 1645 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5201 ft / 1585 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5001 ft / 1524 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Ridge north of Cove Canyon
    Start Trailhead:End of Cove Cyn Aquaduct Rd   6360 ft / 1938 m
    Time:8 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5201 ft / 1585 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5001 ft / 1524 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Canyon north of Cove Canyon
    End Trailhead:End of Cove Cyn Aquaduct Rd   6360 ft / 1938 m
    Time:8 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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