Ascent of North Schell Peak on 2006-07-03

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin
Date:Monday, July 3, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Schell Peak
    Elevation:11883 ft / 3621 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had bagged Arc Dome with Dennis Poulin on 7-1 and that was a big day. After we had climbed Arc Dome, he took off for Pilot Peak and I headed for South Jefferson, a peak that Dennis already had. After getting South Jefferson and driving up a lot of dirt road in the Monitor Valley, I arrived early enough at the campground hoping to grab a campsite. Well, no luck since it was the 4th of July weekend and every campsite was occupied. I did some exploring and drove up the road until it turned into a ATV track but in crossing a deep drainage, I tore up the trailhitch hook up on my truck as the back end bottomed out on the crossing.

I then started looking in earnest for a place to car camp and found nothing available. I finally found a spot just off the road where I built up a platform of rocks that enabled me to "park" the truck and wait for Dennis to show up from Pilot. He drove in about 7:30 pm and created a spot nearby to park his truck for the night. He was pretty beat up from his effort on Pilot but morning found him back at full strenght. Our hike from where we car camped was up the road, then via the ATV track and then following the trail as it swung north and then back a bit south to the summit of North Schell. A beautiful hike with a great view from the summit. We signed into the register and didn't spend a lot of time as thunder clouds were building up and moving our way. Our hike down went fast and smooth and Dennis headed for Ibapah and I headed for Kennewick.

Dennis pulled off a stretch of 10 incredible days where he did some really tough peaks which included Hayford, Arc Dome, Pilot, North Schell, Ibapah, Deseret, Flat Top, Nebo, Timpanogos, and Borah. All back to back and including long drives and 8 of the peaks with over 5000 feet of elevation gain, a feat unparalled to my knowledge.
North Schell and Deseret Peak in Utah were the two "easy" ones.
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    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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