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Ascent of Koip Peak on 2018-09-08

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Koip Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12962 ft / 3950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Please see the entry under Kuna Peak (09-08-2018c) for the previous portion of this trip.

At the saddle between Kuna and Koip, it became apparent that just hiking back up to the summit of Koip was going to be at least as easy as trying to side-hill around it amid the talus. So we cruised up the side of Koip in 14 minutes, and continued back down the other side toward Parker Pass without any pause at the top.

It didn't take too long to make it back to the trail, and we skirted around the base of Parker Peak and into the switch-backed area. We saw no sign of the older couple we had spoken with on the way up. During the descent of the steeper section with the switch-backs, I began to notice my stomach wasn't feeling all that well. I immediately suspected the Stroopwaffel, and began contemplating where it had come from, not feeling too happy about having eaten it, at all. By the time we had reached the base of the switch-backs I was really feeling like crap, and it got worse and worse as we ascended the back side of the first pass.

The rest of the trip is kind of a fog - 7+ miles of tramping down a trail between 11100' to 9700', trying not to puke. Was it the Stroopwaffel, the extended period at elevation, or a combo of both? Whatever it was, I did start to feel better not long before we reached that car, 12 hours after we had left, almost to the minute.

This was a beautiful, fun, and challenging hike, some 18 miles or so above 10000'. In spite of the problems during the descent, I had a great time.

GPS track shown is for the entire outing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:727 ft / 220 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3807 ft / 1160 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.1 mi / 14.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Clear and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Southwest Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle with Kuna Peak  12772 ft / 3892 m
    Time:14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3807 ft / 1160 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3270 ft / 996 m; Extra: 537 ft / 163m
    Gain on way out:537 ft / 163 m
    Distance:8.9 mi / 14.3 km
    Route:East Ridge + Parker Pass Trail
    End Trailhead:Dana Meadows/Parker Pass Trailhead  9692 ft / 2954 m
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: ParkerKoipKuna  (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Parker Peak2018-09-08 a3698 ft / 1127 m
2Koip Peak2018-09-08 b694 ft / 212 m
3Kuna Peak2018-09-08 c237 ft / 72 m
4Koip Peak2018-09-08 d727 ft / 222 m
Total Trip Gain: 5356 ft / 1633 m    Total Trip Loss: 5356 ft / 1632 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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