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Ascent of Mount Graham on 2018-03-13

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Others in Party:Lisa Barboza
David Sanger
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Graham
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:10720 ft / 3267 m

Ascent Trip Report

A call to the Coronado Forest rangers confirmed that the road was open to the winter gate at 9100’, and we had no trouble driving the winding AZ route 366 to that point. Snow was visible on the peak from the valley below, and we encountered patches on the hike starting at about 9800’. Above 10400’, the last mile was all on snow, including some post-holing up to the summit area. Boots and poles were all we needed, however. The mountain burned severely in the 2017 Frye fire and there are dead trees everywhere, making for dramatic but rather monotonous surroundings.

In spite of changeable forecasts we had beautiful weather and light winds. Other than a family playing in the snow at the trailhead, we saw no one else all day.

Photos
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1670 ft / 509 m
    Total Elevation Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1670 ft / 509 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1520 ft / 463 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Start Trailhead:AZ Route 366  9200 ft / 2804 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics



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