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Ascent of Boardman North on 2017-05-25

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:James Graham
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boardman North
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:3626 ft / 1105 m

Ascent Trip Report

We came on a New Moon, Thursday evening. We left our motel in south San Jose, drove the 680 around to the N and came down from Livermore. Right choice. Timed it to walk at 9:00, returned to truck at 1:58; 5 hours. Used no lights first mile +, great timing.

Caution - there is construction EXACTLY where you are supposed to park. We parked on rough dirt there, quickly walked in and past the gate. A mile in there is a hunting club sing-in sheet, people log their Quail count. Last person was within a week.

Road is Excellent. Recently bladed the entire way to within a hundred feet of Boardman North summit. This allowed us to walk w/o light much of the time. This place is more lit up than Stakes, closer to civilization. On a full moon, would only need light right near the top, when you leave the graded road and walk up the grassy of 2-track to the open top. Saw a cairn, no register.

We saw lights below in Turner Gulch valley, thought we saw headlights moving around, uncertain. We were a bit alarmed for a bit.

We opened the first gate, slid under the 2nd as it had a complicated opening mechanism.

We were about to get back to the gate, paused a hundred yards out to grab keys, put away poles, gaiters. Right then a truck drove past, we would have been gate hopping as he drove by had we not paused. You are visible for a hundred yards approaching the gate, and for the hundred yards+ back to the vehicle. Cars come by at about 30-35mph, only would have been able to see or hear them for a few seconds before they were upon you.

Less gain but an extra mile further than Stakes, so similar time. Road surface helped a lot. All the gain comes in the first mile and a half or so, 600' of it. Additional gain is minor, almost couldn't feel it in either direction. Returned over Boardman itself, but blew off Mocho etc.

Thanx to Mihai G and others for great TRs.
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