Ascent to Mount Inspiration-First False Summit on 2010-09-26
|Others in Party:||Duane Poslusny|
|Date:||Sunday, September 26, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Unsuccessful - Turned Back|
|Point Reached:||Mount Inspiration - First False Summit|
| Elevation:||5480 ft / 1670 m|
| Remaining Elevation:||80 ft / 24 m (20% left to go)|
Ascent Trip ReportAfter a great day of rock climbing at Hidden Valley, a 5.8 and a 5.9+, and dropping Aidan off in Victorville, we headed up to Inspiration Peak for a moonlight hike. Unfortunately, we only made it to the end of the trail on the first false summit. It didn't seem like a good idea to continue off trail to the summit in the darkness, so we headed back. It was a fun hike either way. In the daylight, this is a very easy hike. Maybe sometime soon...
Somebody went ahead and added Keys View to peakbagger. Why? Because they didn't get up this peak for whatever reason just like I didn't. Yes, Inspiration is an easy peak and I should be ashamed. But it is much less embarassing to log an attempt on the easiest peak in the park than to add a paved, zero prom, tourist overlook to 'bagger. I have been up Keys View dozens of times because I lived in nearby 29 Palms for almost 3 years and would do quarter century road bike rides up here with my buddy Rick after work once a week or so when the weather was nice. Even with all the physical exertion of riding from Jumbo Rock to Keys View(26 miles/ ~1k gain round trip), I never logged it. Why? I certainly put in some effort and I have no problem with drive-up peaks or bicycle peaks (I have plenty of both on my resume). It's because Keys View is not a freaking peak. So, go back in and delete your 'ascent' and I guarantee you will feel better about yourself.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||320 ft / 98 m|
| Route:||Inspiration Trail|
| Trailhead:||5160 ft / 1572 m|
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