Ascent of Mount Stocker on 2018-12-02

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, December 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Stocker
    Elevation:3854 ft / 1174 m

Ascent Trip Report

Anji and I set out from my home in Henderson, and made a short drive down US95 to the Nelson Road turnoff (SR 165). The road was paved, and we pulled off in a gravel turnout and began our hike. Anji had put together a track from her previous ascent of Eldorado Wilderness HP, which would add the whole ridge of Mount Stocker, then hit Eldorado. We tried this, found an awesome arch and took some photos, but the terrain was too rugged to try and climb up and over the subpeaks of the ridge and still hit Eldorado, even if we had brought climbing gear. So with considerable delay (worth it for the scrambling and the cool arch), we made our way up to Stocker.

The views were quite spectacular, as the whole area is scenic and the backdrop of Lake Mohave added an element of depth and blue. We bailed off the backside, eventually cutting back over, and made the complicated descent down some very loose Class 2 (think crumbly pebbles over bedrock), with every easy spot seemingly guarded by very "friendly" Catclaw Acacia. Persistent if nothing else, we slowly picked our way down, Anji fretting over the well-being of her new and expensive Merino Wool hiking shirt. We eventually dropped to the wash we came in on (in a different place), and began heading up to Eldorado Wilderness HP. Please see the trip report for that peak for the continuation of the hike.

Stats shown are car to low point with Eldorado, including our side trip to the photogenic arch. GPS track shown is for the whole outing.
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Mount Stocker from Eldorado Wilderness High Point (2018-12-02). Photo by BMS 914.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1137 ft / 346 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1493 ft / 454 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Clear and cool.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1091 ft / 332 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 355 ft / 108 m; Extra: 736 ft / 224m
    Loss on way in:736 ft / 224 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:West Side, to saddle, then South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Side of SR 165  3499 ft / 1066 m
    Time:2 Hours 36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:757 ft / 230 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 711 ft / 217 m; Extra: 46 ft / 14m
    Gain on way out:46 ft / 14 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:East Face to North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Wash low point with Eldorado Wilderness HP  3143 ft / 957 m
    Time:53 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Stocker_Eldorado_Pigs (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Stocker2018-12-02 a1137 ft / 347 m
2Eldorado Wilderness High Point2018-12-02 b784 ft / 239 m
3Pigs in Zen Peak2018-12-02 c628 ft / 191 m
Total Trip Gain: 2549 ft / 777 m    Total Trip Loss: 2549 ft / 777 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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