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Ascent of West Indian Fort Mountain Peak on 2015-04-30

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Tim Hall
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, April 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:West Indian Fort Mountain Peak
    Location:USA-Kentucky
    Elevation:1551 ft / 472 m

Ascent Trip Report

This serves as my report of this second tallest Indian Fort Mountain peak that I climbed in two consecutive days. I enjoyed this peak from both directions and the up hill scrambling opportunities are best seen coming from West to East. If you prefer downhill climbing and scrambling go East to West. The trail becomes confusing in and around the peak as there is so much braided scrambling trails in this area. The peaks do not provide views as fine as the the two pinnacles, or the Indian Lookout near the taller Indian Fort Mountain but the journey is equally as fine.

On day two, or I should say the early next morning (literally about 10 hours after my sunset tour the day before) I was accompanied by Tim who enjoyed mixing hiking, trail jogging, and scrambling into a fine training day. Tim's fitness as a marathon runner provided me with an excellent training partner who was appreciative and energetic. He got to see me stumble on a root on the jog down this mountain where I took a nasty tumble and smashed my face on a rock and drew some blood and bruising to remind me of the adventure. My trail partner did not take a single spill.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:231 ft / 70 m
    Total Elevation Loss:241 ft / 73 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Grade/Class:1 and some 3 opportu
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:53F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:201 ft / 61 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 151 ft / 46 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:Main Dome Trail
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:191 ft / 58 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 161 ft / 49 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Main Dome Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle between Peaks  1390 ft / 423 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Indian Fort Mtn Trip 2

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Indian Fort Mountain-West Pinnacle2015-04-29 c587 ft / 179 m
2West Indian Fort Mountain Peak2015-04-29 d211 ft / 64 m
3Indian Fort Mountain2015-04-29 e192 ft / 59 m
4Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest2015-04-29 f400 ft / 122 m
5Indian Fort Mountain-East Pinnacle2015-04-29 g263 ft / 80 m
6Indian Fort Mountain-East Pinnacle2015-04-30 h773 ft / 236 m
7Indian Fort Mountain-Eagles Nest2015-04-30 i530 ft / 162 m
8Indian Fort Mountain2015-04-30 j222 ft / 68 m
9West Indian Fort Mountain Peak2015-04-30 k231 ft / 70 m
10Indian Fort Mountain-West Pinnacle2015-04-30 l247 ft / 75 m
Total Trip Gain: 3656 ft / 1115 m    Total Trip Loss: 3656 ft / 1114 m



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