Ascent of Ruth Benchmark on 2017-02-11

Climber: Greg Gerlach

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ruth Benchmark
    Elevation:5070 ft / 1545 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jim Morehouse and I started hiking at 5:10 a.m. from the Villager/Rabbit trailhead located along Highway S22, Jim heading to Villager Peak and Rabbit Peak and me heading to Villager Peak and Ruth Benchmark. Jim and I went up the Villager Ridge to Villager Peak and down the other side towards Rabbit Peak. Just prior to Peak 5859, I headed for Ruth Benchmark and Jim continued onto Rabbit Peak. I dropped down from the ridge to a drainage course, then contoured over and up to Ruth BM. Afterwards, I made my way over to the saddle located south of Rabbit Peak, where I met up with Jim after he successfully climbed Rabbit Peak. Next, we made the long hike out to the vehicles. The round trip time for our ascents was about 18 hours for these two "old guys".

Ruth BM is on an old list called the San Diego Peaks Club List, and the register was placed in 1992 by a SDPC group. Also, about 12 people ascended the peak between the first entry in the register in 1992 and the last entry in 2003, all by SDPC members. My ascent was the first ascent since 2003. Also, the register is located just to the east of the high point.

Trip stats include an ascent of Villager Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8355 ft / 2546 m
    Total Elevation Loss:8355 ft / 2546 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22.3 mi / 35.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6255 ft / 1906 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4155 ft / 1267 m; Extra: 2100 ft / 640m
    Loss on way in:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:See GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Highway S22  915 ft / 278 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6255 ft / 1906 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4155 ft / 1267 m; Extra: 2100 ft / 640m
    Gain on way out:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Route:See GPS track
    End Trailhead:Highway S22  915 ft / 278 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Gerlach
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