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Ascent of Fissure Peak on 2018-06-30

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fissure Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:7375 ft / 2247 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my surprise arrival on the top of Mount Ballard, I decided to follow the ridge down to the saddle, then ascend Fissure. There was a bunch of cactus to go around at first, but the going go easy and included a little rock work, just class 2, though. There's a fence heading up Fissure, and it was hard to know which side to be on. I saw the large rift from which the peak gets its name and paralleled it on my way up. There were some moments of bushwhacking, but I made it. I was quite weathered from hiking Miller earlier today and starting this one in the late afternoon. But here I was at the top. I went on back down but tried to find a better way down the first pitch. I did not, and slipped in a way where I poked my fingers with dead cholla hidden under leaves and got about a dozen stabs in the knee. I pulled out what I could, then headed down to the saddle. I looked for the route to bypass Ballard and then began traversing it. It only lasted 30ft, then I lost it. It was a slippery side-slope bushwhack traverse and I regained some elevation on the far side just to get to the trail sooner. Maybe I misremembered other trip reports and they said to not go this way. Anyway, I guess I recommend going over Ballard. The way down was quick after that due to the steep downhill. It is easy to slide out on the dirt, though.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:435 ft / 132 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1760 ft / 536 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:215 ft / 65 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5 ft / 1 m; Extra: 210 ft / 64m
    Loss on way in:210 ft / 64 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Saddle
    Start Trailhead:Mount Ballard  7370 ft / 2246 m
    Time:19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1550 ft / 472 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1330 ft / 405 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Gain on way out:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    End Trailhead:Mule Pass  6045 ft / 1842 m
    Time:1 Hours 



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