Ascent of Notch Peak on 2017-05-05

Climber: J.J. Fernandez

Date:Friday, May 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Notch Peak
    Elevation:9654 ft / 2942 m

Ascent Trip Report

Notch Peak with summit elevation just under 10,000 ft boasts the second highest drop in the CONUS (next to El Capitan and Half-Dome). It's 4,450 ft down to the river bed! The hike starts 50 miles due west of Delta in Southern Utah, just north of Sevier Dry Lake Bed.
Base-jumpers and wing-suiters often dive off from the top and fly to the valley below.
Statistics from Summit Post: El Capitan (summit at 7,569 ft) has a 3,000 ft pure vertical drop (close to 90 degrees). In comparison Notch peak (summit at 9,654 ft) has a 2,200 ft pure vertical drop, yet it is 4,450 ft from summit to valley floor. In comparison the Northwest Face of Half Dome (summit at 8,842 ft) has a pure vertical drop of 2,000 ft and is 4,400 ft from summit to valley floor.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Clear Hot

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