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Ascent of Devils Peak on 1992-02-21

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, February 21, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Devils Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7704 ft / 2348 m

Ascent Trip Report

Road from north was done by a catapillar trackor and to icy to ski. Groomed trails at Royal Gorge Xcounty ski area was good from 10 to 5:00 but icy thereafter, esp. where the sun didn't shine on them. We took the trails over to the west side of the peak and skied up to the ridge and over to the base of the rock on the SW side. Jackie got 80% of the way to the top of the first peaklet and turned back due to having to cross snow besides the steep rock. I continued on and made the peak but it took a full hour to do it and return to the skis, where Jackie was sleeping. We were exhaused and slower on the way back, not getting back to the wilderness hut until 5:30, where we managed to get a snowmobile ride back along the Yuba Trail to the main lodge and car (at 6 pm). Off the trail, it must have rained on the snow to produce unusual patterns, ripples up to a foot deep with at period of about 3 feet in many areas, esp where we went up to Devil's ridge. The snow was also very hard
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1804 ft / 549 m
    Elevation Loss:1804 ft / 549 m
    Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Grade/Class:Cl 3
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1304 ft / 397 m
    Extra Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:skied from Royal Gorge Ski Resort
    Trailhead:Royal Gorge (Xcntry ski) Main Lodge  6900 ft / 2103 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1304 ft / 397 m
    Extra Gain:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Trailhead:Royal Gorge (Xcntry ski) Main Lodge  6900 ft / 2103 m



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