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Ascent of Little Madonna Peak on 2017-02-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Madonna Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:568 ft / 173 m

Ascent Trip Report

Coming down off my 4th peak of the day, I saw little Madonna and I thought no I am tired. Enough for one day. So even though I was on the saddle col, I passed the horses and dropped down to about 200 feet back into the mud slog again. To avoid the mud, I started to hike higher than the cow trail and as I did I saw Little Maddona draw closer and closer until I could take it no more. Seeing the sun low in the sky but my car not far over by the dog park, I started a gradual contouring of the hill until I reached the summit of this small peak and the fence line that bifurcates the summit. The winds were very harsh. I slowly picked my way back down and back to the mud slog and washed my boots off at the dog park and called it a day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:368 ft / 112 m
    Total Elevation Loss:433 ft / 131 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
55 and crazy heavy winds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:368 ft / 112 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:bushwack the southern slopes
    Start Trailhead:left cow trail and headed up slope  200 ft / 60 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:433 ft / 131 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:parking  135 ft / 41 m
Ascent Part of Trip: SLO-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Islay Hill2017-02-22 a590 ft / 180 m
2Peak 17152017-02-22 b1580 ft / 482 m
3Bishop Peak2017-02-22 c1426 ft / 435 m
4Cerro San Luis Obispo2017-02-22 d1244 ft / 379 m
5Little Madonna Peak2017-02-22 f368 ft / 112 m
6Cheapskate Hill2017-02-23 a415 ft / 126 m
7South Hills Peak 5692017-02-23 b179 ft / 55 m
8Cheapskate Hill2017-02-23 c220 ft / 67 m
9Terrace Hill2017-02-23 d211 ft / 64 m
Total Trip Gain: 6233 ft / 1900 m    Total Trip Loss: 5975 ft / 1821 m



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