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Ascent of Virginia Peak on 2014-08-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Mike Brush
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Virginia Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:8366 ft / 2549 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed directions in Edward Earl's TR. Ironwood Rd is signed at the NV 445 turnoff 18.5 miles N of I-80 in Sparks. The 11-mile drive to Microwave Rd passes through an area scattered with homes and small ranches. Soon after leaving Quaking Aspen Rd, the 6-mile drive up Microwave Rd to Virginia Peak becomes very rocky, requiring caution. A high-clearance vehicle is advised, but 4-WD is not needed. Wild horses seen on upper slopes. From the spacious communications area (incl FAA radar dome) below the summit, we walked the remaining short way up the road to a small communications building and the easily ascended rocky area to the summit. The summit is topped by a carefully, well constructed 8'-9' surveyor's rock cairn, Two glass jars inside the top of the cairn include a small spiral register book from 1997 in one and large sheets of paper in the other with more recent signatures, including those of Bob Burd, Al Sandorff, and Daryn Dodge. Haze spoiled today's view.
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Virginia Peak--Wahoe County, NV (20014-08-09). Photo by Frederick Johnson.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Route:Microwave Rd-near drive-up
    Trailhead:8341 ft / 2542 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Good, hazy



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