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Ascent of Veigh Benchmark on 2009-07-28

Climber: Eric Noel

Date:Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Veigh Benchmark
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:390 ft / 118 m

Ascent Trip Report

At the risk of patting myself on the back, I was rather pleased with this ascent. Tired of lame I-90 traffic on a refuckingdiculously hot day, I left the freeway to go find the Mercer Island HP. No map, no GPS, just a 4Runner and a 4Eyed dumpster diver. I proceeded on Island Crest Way since its name portended a HP area. I drove well past what was clearly higher ground and then turned around at about 70th. I returned to 40th and then went E as it was clear that the higher ground lay in that direction. Then S and soon enough I was at Rotary Park and so no clearly higher ground. I parked and touched a pair of boulders and then a grassy knoll. Some guy was looking at me as if I weirdo so I feigned the excuse that I had lost my cell phone. Whatever. I noted the streets and left, feeling like I had done a decent job but also thinking it unlikely that I had found the HP with all of the various trees and homes and impeded views. And low and behold, I get home and check and it turns out that that was indeed the location of the HP. Hooray.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Uh, What?
    Trailhead:Illegal Parking Spot  370 ft / 112 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Heat Wave of Doom 2009
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Minutes



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