Ascent of North Spur 2 Benchmark on 2017-02-18

Climber: William Musser

Date:Saturday, February 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Spur 2 Benchmark
    Elevation:550 ft / 167 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked down to the point from the road at the east Point Rest Area. Saw the gate to the Shady Grove Trail and took the non-fenced side so I would not have to deal with the unreasonable ranger again today. I promised to stay off the conservatory roads and trails and this one was not one of them. I wanted to see some nice ridgeline overlooking the ocean and now clearly beyond the bounds of where the ranger would fine me. There was NO mud, no erosion the sand was dry as I had suspected. I hiked down to this low point then hiked back up the bikes for some nice exercise and views. Saw a buffalo too. Did not make up for the disappointment of being told I could not bag the 2000 foot prominence peak on the island but at least I got a nice steep hike in and gained some elevation on foot the way I like to count it.

OK now how to account for this without whacking out the database. I left my bike at elevation 1350 and hiked down to 550 and then hiked back up to 1350 then road bike to sea level and walked back up to hotel at elevation 80. It was a hiked vertical gain of over 800 feet to summit a peak below me but all the gain was the hike back up. Kind of an anti-summit but I wanted to do it for the climb up to make up for all the lost time riding a bike. So I entered the data backwards to simulate it in reverse.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:870 ft / 264 m
    Total Elevation Loss:870 ft / 265 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:470 ft / 143 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Rdige line down to the point then hiked back up
    Start Trailhead:East Point Rest Area and Shady Grove Trail  80 ft / 24 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:870 ft / 265 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 470 ft / 143 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:up ridge again and biked down
    End Trailhead:hotel  80 ft / 24 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Catalina

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Ord 2 Benchmark2017-02-17 a952 ft / 290 m
2Cactus 2 Benchmark2017-02-17 b490 ft / 149 m
3East Mountain2017-02-17 c783 ft / 239 m
4East Peak2017-02-17 d1084 ft / 330 m
5(Attempt) Black Jack Mountain2017-02-18 e0 ft / 0 m
6Catalina Point2017-02-18 f265 ft / 81 m
6North Spur 2 Benchmark2017-02-18 g870 ft / 265 m
Total Trip Gain: 4444 ft / 1354 m    Total Trip Loss: 4144 ft / 1263 m

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