Ascent of South Tent Mountain on 2015-08-09

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BLMhikergirl Pipps
Tom Mowad
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 9, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:South Tent Mountain
    Elevation:11285 ft / 3439 m

Ascent Trip Report

Skyline Drive is in pretty bad shape- I wouldn't attempt it without 4WD. We came from East Benchmark, so we connected to Skyline Drive north of the peaks, and, after the summits headed south so we saw that the road was poor in both directions, but worse to the north.

We elected to skip North on the ascent (not sure if what we did was easier or not), so we traversed to near the vicinity of the saddle, and then went up. The first couple hundred vertical feet were tough, but the last hundred, much like the ridge beyond it were quite easy. Once on the ridge we found a use trail connecting North and South Tent Mountains.

We went over North Tent Mountain on the descent. While descending from North Tent, the ground was surprising hard and uneven, making what looked like a trivial descent a bit harder (and less enjoyable).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1145 ft / 348 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1145 ft / 348 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:845 ft / 257 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 745 ft / 227 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Skyline Drive @ 10540'  10540 ft / 3212 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1045 ft / 318 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 745 ft / 227 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Over North Tent Mountain
    End Trailhead:Skyline Drive @ 10540'  10540 ft / 3212 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2015 South Tent Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Tent Mountain2015-08-09 c1145 ft / 349 m
2North Tent Mountain2015-08-09 d0 ft / 0 m
Total Trip Gain: 1145 ft / 349 m    Total Trip Loss: 1145 ft / 349 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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