Ascent of Fire Benchmark on 2018-11-18

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, November 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Fire Benchmark
    Elevation:3947 ft / 1203 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a scramble over several ridges and peaklets. The rock was primarily very abrasive limestone, but of the more stable variety (unlike some parts of LMNRA), which made for fun short climbing sections. The weather was clear and very windy in places, but subsided about the time we hit the summit, and was non-existent during the decent.

The register was in an old split water bottle, so bring something to replace it with if possible. Also, we had no pencil so we didn't sign. Last entry was from 2015, except the one from Crystal DiPietro that was also 11-18-2018! So basically no one climbs this peak, but the one day we do it, someone else had also. We saw no sign of her, but there was a car parked not far from ours. Weird. The lack of a pencil probably means a number of people summit but don't sign.

Overall it was a beautiful day and fun time on this rarely-ascended peak, with some great views.
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Fire Benchmark from the East. High point is the peak to the right of center, slightly behind the others (2018-11-18). Photo by BMS 914.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2688 ft / 818 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2688 ft / 819 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear
Very windy during ascent
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2452 ft / 747 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2048 ft / 625 m; Extra: 404 ft / 123m
    Loss on way in:404 ft / 123 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Turnout/dirt road off Northshore Rd  1899 ft / 578 m
    Time:2 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2284 ft / 696 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2048 ft / 625 m; Extra: 236 ft / 71m
    Gain on way out:236 ft / 71 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Turnout/dirt road off Northshore Rd  1899 ft / 578 m
    Time:3 Hours 5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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