Ascent of North Schell Peak on 2012-07-28

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Melinda Hernandez
Collin Kamholz
Austin Hubbuch
Kelly C
Joseph K
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:North Schell Peak
    Elevation:11883 ft / 3621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting up to North Schell was the most difficult part of the hike since ascending the ridgeline to get up to South Schell. It is steep and has probably double the gain of any of the other subpeaks. Here again, you might need to do a little light scrambling on the increasingly blocky talus.

We all took a long break at the summit to eat lunch and get a summit photo before heading down.

To get down, one need only follow a circe-shaped canyon that dumps out into the drainage that leads back to the Timber Creek Campground less than 3 miles away. The vehicle we left helped made it easy to get our party back together and on the road.

-See the rest of the trip reports for the continuation of this outing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:806 ft / 245 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2861 ft / 871 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:806 ft / 245 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 751 ft / 228 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle w/ Schell 3595  11132 ft / 3393 m
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2806 ft / 855 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:Circe to wash
    End Trailhead:Timber Creek campground  9077 ft / 2766 m
    Time:1 Hours 28 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Schell Traverse (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1South Schell Peak2012-07-28 a3521 ft / 1073 m
2Taft Peak2012-07-28 b484 ft / 148 m
3Schell Creek Peak 35192012-07-28 c357 ft / 109 m
4Schell Creek Peak 35952012-07-28 d582 ft / 177 m
5North Schell Peak2012-07-28 e806 ft / 246 m
Total Trip Gain: 5750 ft / 1753 m    Total Trip Loss: 4891 ft / 1490 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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