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Ascent of Virgin Peak on 2017-05-01

Climber: Dave Covill

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Virgin Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:8071 ft / 2460 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Bob Boltons great TR. Print it and take it;; its all you need. I got good advice last minute from Brian Kalet, last person there it turns out back around St Paddys Day. Other than a gaggle of Jeeps at a pullout about 20 miles in headed S to the actual Gold Butte itself, I saw no one the entire day.

Very hot, about 82-83d even on top. Much hotter lower. Bring TONS of water. I don't drink a lot, and I brought 68oz, and this was not enough for me. 80-90 would have been more intelligent. Start EARLY, I got to the TH at 9:30AM, due to driving from Denver to Las Vegas the day before and being totally too pooped to get up early. Mistake.... I also did not have a long sleeve light weight shirt, sunburned my arms. I did wear my OR curtain hat good thing. Trekking poles were a must for me.

I got 0.5 miles less than Bob did on his final mileages, and when I cross-checked it on the outbound, I was almost a mile less than him. My vehicle has always been pretty reliable on mileages. The "paved" road is paved, but very poor condition the first 15 miles, perhaps 35-40mph tops, better mile 15 thru 20 to the end of the pavement. From there to the turn is decent gravel. From the turn, I would say it is a Grade 3-4 4WD road up to the corral. A Subaru Forester could make it. From the corral the last couple miles, it quickly degrades to loose pebbles. Not steep, rocks in the road not too brutal, but it definitely gets worse. Dubious a Honda Accord could get to the end..... I think there is room for 2, not 1, vehicles at the end, and still be out of the way. A Motorcycle, an ATV, or a very narrow jeep jacked up could get over the boulder that fell in the gap there.

I took everyone's advice and went up the shoulder at mile 1.3, which btw, felt like it was further along than 1.3 miles..... Pretty mellow, a few spots near the top where I backtracked 20' to get around dense trees or narrow ridge crest. Some interesting birds, lots of wildflowers.

Top is open, nice views of Lake Havasu, Mt Charleston clearly visible w snow on the top ~1,000'. The usual cast of suspects had signed in to the register in the ammo box. All in all a cool peak, glad to bag the Gold Butte Nat Mon HP.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:2
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 55 Minutes



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