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Ascent of Mount Wilson on 2010-01-15

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Friday, January 15, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Wilson
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:7070 ft / 2154 m

Ascent Trip Report

First Creek is rough - lots of brush and some major falls. The approach trail therefore stays out of the creek on the south side. Unfortunately, there are also many climbing trails which go up to the cliffs intermixed with the First Creek trail, so I found keeping on it to be a challenge.

Once in the canyon, there are intermittent cairns. Towards the end of the canyon, the cairns clearly point the trail to the ridgeline. Once at the ridgeline, the trail fades, but the ridge is easy to follow. Eventually it leads to a point that looks to be the summit, but it is only another false summit. Most don't involve a subsequent loss of elevation, but the final one requires about a 50 foot decent down a north-facing slope (the only place I encountered significant snow).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3920 ft / 1193 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3920 ft / 1194 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3720 ft / 1133 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3420 ft / 1042 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:First Creek to west ridge
    Start Trailhead:First Creek trailhead  3650 ft / 1112 m
    Time:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3620 ft / 1103 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3420 ft / 1042 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:First Creek to west ridge
    End Trailhead:First Creek trailhead  3650 ft / 1112 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes



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