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Ascent to Hernandez Peak-bushwhack on 2014-12-29

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, December 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Hernandez Peak - bushwhack
    Location:USA-Alabama
    Elevation:2210 ft / 673 m
    Remaining Elevation:134 ft / 41 m (28% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Having found the Wilderness HP from the backside (not the way most find it) and Macdill Point from the backside, I was turned around, and out of time. I was not sure about the upper trail since it was heading in the wrong directions ( I late found out it does not head due south along the ridge in that particular area) but because it was about to be dark, I did not want to start heading down the wrong trail, since I did not have maps that correctly showed what was going on up there....I headed back along the wilderness boundary and made one last attempt at the peak and realized, I was too far away and out of time, so I retraced my steps back down to the lower trail.

Once I got back to kiosk at the parking, I studied the map and realized my mistake. There is an immediate quick turn in NW direction straight up to the ridge and that is the trail that takes you to Hernandez Peak. It was near dark now, so I made some notes, and I will return to get this CHP and do it from this parking lot now that I understand where to turn. Be careful, the trails have colors on the Kiosk map but do not have markings along the trails.

Poorly planned and executed.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:460 ft / 139 m
    Total Elevation Loss:550 ft / 166 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Overcast
58F crappy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:340 ft / 103 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 200 ft / 61 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Loss on way in:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:bushwhacks futile
    Start Trailhead:bushwhack low at creek  2010 ft / 612 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:410 ft / 124 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 290 ft / 88 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Gain on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:bushwhack down to the lower trail
    End Trailhead:parking lot  1920 ft / 585 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Alabama CHPing

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Troup County High Point2014-12-29 a95 ft / 29 m
2Salem Lookout2014-12-29 b270 ft / 82 m
3Chambers County High Point2014-12-29 c200 ft / 61 m
4Hernandez Peak-South Slope2014-12-29 d440 ft / 134 m
5McDill Point2014-12-29 e198 ft / 60 m
6(Attempt) Hernandez Peak2014-12-29 f460 ft / 140 m
Total Trip Gain: 1663 ft / 506 m    Total Trip Loss: 1388 ft / 423 m



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