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Ascent of Toano Range High Point on 2015-02-03

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Toano Range High Point
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:8037 ft / 2449 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my more exciting ascent of Sam's Rock (visible from I-80 E between Wells and Wendover), I headed up the Toano Range HP to bag my obligatory daily P2k. It is a short hike, definitely one for a drive day, or paired with a more significant nearby objective. It is close enough to I-80 to make it worth a brief side trip. I think it was ~5 miles from the freeway over good dirt roads that my Toyota Yaris made it up without any hesitation.

My ascent route is not to be be repeated. My descent route was much nicer. Both are steep and require some side-hilling. The difference is that my ascent route (further east of the pair) has much more bushwhacking. Bushwhacking is my third favorite outdoor activity after face-first mountain bike endos and getting hit in the head with rockfall. There are actually roads that would be easier to use to access this peak just to the west of my descent route, so my trailhead is probably not ideal. It worked though. I found a really cool antler on the ground on the ascent. The register dates to 2000, placed by MacLeod/Lilley who indicated no evidence of a previous ascent. Pretty cool. I lived to close to this peak in the 90's and never thought to head out here to do it for any reason.... There were patches of snow on my ascent route that got my feet a little wet, but nothing too bad.

I turned my GPS off on the summit to save battery as I found a nice place to relax out of the wind to the east of the high point. I forgot to turn it on until I reached the saddle where I intended to cut west around the northern subpeak on my descent. Overall, the easiest NV P2k that I have done to date. I saw no other humans or vehicles from the time I left I-80 until I returned to I-80. Great day with great weather! Pics

Stats:
1.89 mi
1.7 mph avg
1hr 28min + ~10 min where the GPS was off on my descent
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:957 ft / 292 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:957 ft / 292 m
    Route:NW Ridge
    Trailhead:7080 ft / 2157 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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