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Ascent of Frazier Mountain on 2011-11-11

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, November 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Frazier Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m

Ascent Trip Report

Perfect day for a mountain bike ride up a mountain! The original plan was to start at the Frazier Mtn TH where the 2 lane paved road becomes a one lane paved road, however the wind was really whipping and an attempt to pedal uphill against 30mph winds was unsuccessful. Back to the car... I then drove the 2.5 miles up to Chuchupate Campground (pavement ends here). I parked the Yaris, took the bike back off the roof, and started pedaling up the dirt road. The ridges to the south blocked the wind pretty well. The trees helped as well. The ride up was great, no wind problems at all. I had the mountain to myself until right at the summit when a pickup truck overtook me, 100 yards below the lookout. I got them to take a few pictures of me. The driver was a former Marine, so I wished my fellow veteran a happy Veteran's Day as he left the summit. The lookout either needs a ton of TLC or a bulldozer. Supposedly the summit register is in a pile of rocks 30 yards from the summit. Either it is gone or I looked in the wrong 3 piles of rocks. After 5 minutes looking for the register and another 15 minutes exploring the summit/snapping pics I began the most fun part of the trip: bombing the hill on my mountain bike! Once again, I had the road to myself for the entire ride, though the ride down lasted significantly less time than the ride up. The snow started lightly blowing in when I was about halfway back to the car - a prefectly timed ascent/descent...
Stats (round trip):
9.06 miles
24.0 mph max speed
6.1 mph average moving speed
90 minutes moving time

Link to pictures

On Saturday I went up Mt Pinos with Aidan but we went to play in the snow, not summit a peak/do a hike, hence no peakbagger entry. We went about 1/4 of the way to the summit in our moving snowball fight. Luckily I had another adult along and left my bike on the roof, so I was able to ride down Mt Pinos Rd while they drove my car and Aidan down. 8.5 miles, 31mph max speed, 18mph average speed. Would have been faster if the road had not been icy/wet/slushy.... Met my ride at the corner of Mil Potrero and Cuddy Valley Rd. Drive up/bike ride down: completely cheated and loved every minute of it!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1800 ft / 549 m
    Route:Frazier Mtn Rd (NF-8N04)
    Trailhead:6200 ft / 1889 m
    Gear Used:
Bicycle



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