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Ascent of Currant Mountain on 2014-07-08

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Dennis Poulin
Date:Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Currant Mountain
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:11513 ft / 3509 m

Ascent Trip Report

On monday, Dennis and I started up the route and had reached the 9500' level or so when I was feeling very sick to my stomach.
It was affecting my speed (already normally slow) and we decided to turn around and come back on tuesday. I had encouraged him to go on and get the summit but he wouldn't hear of it and said we would do it together. I can't tell you how much I appreciated his attitude and understanding. I did manage to "lose" the stomach problem about an hour after we got back to our vehicles and I was then feeling a lot better. I knew I could make the summit the next day and my chances improved when we were able to get our vehicles further up the road to the first switchback and we car camped there. Adding an earlier start to combat the heat factor I feel made a difference as well.

After enjoying a nice rain and thunder and lightning show, we got an earlier start and had a successful summit. We followed the Gerry Roach route where we worked our way up a wash system to a bowl at the 10000 foot level. We had made good time up to this point but once we started up the steep slope with the bristlecone trees, it really slowed down for me thanks to the looseness of the scree. It was one of those two steps up, slide one step back kind of deals and it really took a lot out of my aging legs. Couple that with the warmth of the day and I felt almost on empty when I hit the saddle at 11,200 feet where you finally see the actual summit and the route to it. I wasn't sure I had the legs to do the final part but thankfully Dennis encouraged me to keep going saying that I only had another 700 feet of elevation gain to deal with and he was right. The last part with the class three scramble was the best part of the whole day and the summit ridge felt pretty airy.

We didn't find the register but we did find a benchmark located near the cairn but with some storm clouds to the south of us and moving our way, we didn't stay long and didn't really make an exhaustive search for the register which we must have missed. The views were spectacular although the potential of bad weather so high up on the mountain was worrisome and we didn't have the time to enjoy them as much as I would have liked. After less than ten minutes on the summit, we started back down.

I wouldn't want to do that summit ridge part in high wind but overall, it was a great mountain to climb and the last of the 24 Nevada mountains for Dennis and I with over 4000 feet of prominence. Thanks to Dennis big time for his patience and understanding. He did mention that at almost 74 years old, I might be the oldest to ever summit this one. I know I probably wouldn't have summitted without his encouragement and willingess to go back the next day and try it again. I believe my stomach problems might have been the 24 hour variety of a stomach flu virus.

Summitpost Trip report: http://www.summitpost.org/currant-mountain-a-nevada-gem/905188
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3823 ft / 1166 m
    Elevation Loss:3823 ft / 1166 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3823 ft / 1166 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Gerry Roach route
    Trailhead:7690 ft / 2343 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3823 ft / 1166 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Trailhead:7690 ft / 2343 m



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