Ascent of Mount Tipton on 2018-05-19

Climber: Jon Adams

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, May 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Tipton
    Elevation:5790 ft / 1764 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove up from Scottsdale 5 hour drive arrived to trailhead around 1015. Kinda tired. Not a great sign. WX gorgeous, about 75F, clear.

Peaked at upper trailhead, an extra 0.4 miles of rough road, was worth it on the return...

Used Morehouse and Giurgiulescu GPS tracks as guide. Thanks!

Followed ex-road for a while then when road petered out dropped into dry wash/draw/creek bed immediately south, as suggested. Creek bed fairly smooth, sandy in spots, no problematic shrubberies in general.

At ~4000’ first conifer trees appeared. Smelled nice. Few puffy cumulus clouds rolled by and made it even nicer day. Breeze kept it pleasant.

Followed creek bed to saddle around 5500’. At saddle, can see southwest Detrital Valley, and breeze picked up.

Getting really tired and fumble-footed. Stumbling over minor obstacles. While climbing across a small outcrop, fall 3’ and land on butt in ground cactus. Good thing it was butt and not hand!

Carefully extracted spines using handy-dandy Swiss Army knife tweezers and signal mirror, and sense of feel. Cactus had long half-mm diameter needles, lots of them in a pretty ground-flower cluster. Needles stiff and easy to remove.

Decided to turn around NOW.

Stumbled all the way back down dry creek bed to road, then to trailhead. Very happy to arrive at truck and change pants, shirt, get rid of prickly pack, and call it a day.

Next time will overnight in the area, acclimatize better, and not drive for hours before starting...

At least there was fresh beer at Rickety Cricket in Kingman as a consolation prize for driving so far!

Pictures and more at WirelessJon
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jon Adams
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