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Ascent of Gemini Peak on 2018-05-27

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Gemini Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13951 ft / 4252 m

Ascent Trip Report

Extra Credit. I estimate it was about three quarters of a mile to the peak from Sherman but with the meanders you take to avoid extra climbs and the route I used to get the best snow, I did closer to a mile each way. The peak is an easy scamper...very steep talus but never quite a scramble. I would call it a 2+ as you hands to come down in places. The views from this peak are outstanding. The best part of the extra credit was the snow plunge down to the saddle. I found perfect snow for a hell plunge run and dropped over 200 feet in no time. On the hike back I was surprised to see how far apart my footsteps were. It looked like I was getting 4 to 5 feet in between landings. That was a fun run down the snow slope. Although I called part of this a "snow climb" it was only because I was forced to hike up a snow field but the snow was so perfect and the slope so gradual it was a simple kick step up.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:442 ft / 133 m
    Total Elevation Loss:291 ft / 87 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Grade/Class:2,2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
65F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:206 ft / 62 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 151 ft / 46 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:open country - scamper 2+
    Start Trailhead:saddle between Sherman and Gemini  13800 ft / 4206 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:236 ft / 71 m
    Gain on way out:236 ft / 71 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:ridge avoid second gemini
Ascent Part of Trip: Fairplay-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
 Mount Sherman2018-05-27 a2071 ft / 631 m
2Gemini Peak2018-05-27 b442 ft / 135 m
Total Trip Gain: 2513 ft / 766 m    Total Trip Loss: 326 ft / 100 m



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