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Ascent of Mount Waas on 2018-09-12

Climber: Ken Oeser

Date:Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Waas
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:12331 ft / 3758 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked 0.2 miles up Beaver Basin Road, the righthand road from Dons Lake sign. From here I walked southwest, then west along the road 3.5 miles and gaining 1900 feet to the high valley that goes north to the saddle west of Mt. Waas. The rocky road continues steeply up to the west into another cirque. I hiked up the valley through the trees toward the saddle, following open ground whenever possible, staying west of the rockfield on the east side of the valley. I crossed a rocky section in the middle once past the trees, then followed a grassy stretch in the middle, which then became a trail aiming up and just to the left of the saddle. From the saddle I went northeast along the ridge, and once it becomes steep a trail zigzags up to the summit. It was very windy along the upper valley, on the ridge, and at the summit, so much that I lost my balance a couple of times. After that I learned to duck, brace with my hiking poles, and stay still until the wave of wind passed. There is a small rock shelter at the summit, and the benchmark is obvious, but I didn't find a register. I returned using the same route, and a downed tree still along the road told me that nobody else had been there while I was hiking.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3491 ft / 1064 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3491 ft / 1064 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Beaver Basin Road
    Start Trailhead:Beaver Basin  8840 ft / 2694 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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