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Ascent of Great Dune on 2018-09-21

Climber: Jonathan Allbach

Date:Friday, September 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Great Dune
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:8690 ft / 2648 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started hiking from the Piñon Flats Campground and made my way along the road to the main sand dunes parking area. After walking across the sand to the start of the dunes, I started working my way up the ridges of the dunes, trying to get higher with each step. At some point, I hiked cross slope to get to the last set of ridges before making my final ascent to the summit of this dune. Once on the final stretch, I was walking along the ridge with steep drop offs on both sides. At the summit, I took several pictures, re-hydrated and started back down. Going down is much easier. The hike ended at the parking are where I met the rest of my group. This hike description lacks much detail but since there are not established routes, its hard to add more detail than this.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:733 ft / 223 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1007 ft / 306 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:733 ft / 223 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 390 ft / 119 m; Extra: 343 ft / 104m
    Loss on way in:343 ft / 104 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:Ridges of dunes
    Start Trailhead:Piñon Flats Campground  8300 ft / 2529 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:664 ft / 202 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:Ridges of dunes
    End Trailhead:Sand dunes parking and picnic area  8026 ft / 2446 m
    Time:35 Minutes



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