Ascent to Delicate Arch Formation High Point-Below Nubs on 2019-05-02

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Thursday, May 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Delicate Arch Formation High Point - Below Nubs
    Elevation:4850 ft / 1478 m
    Remaining Elevation:70 ft / 21 m (9% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This is the most common hike in the park and is massed with people. I can see why as the arch does not disappoint! The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip and not too steep all class 1 and class 2 slabs. While my wife photographed the impressive arch and took in sun, I decided to see if one could get to the highest point in this formation. There are a series of very steep conical pointed features (nubs) above the arch area. I scrambled around on class 2+ then 3 and then attempted some 3+ before I was satisfied that doing class 4 would just lead to 5 and no way down. Confusing area of pinnacles and cones everywhere so I attempted to climbs some of the other features on the way back that look as tall. I had better luck back in that area an felt more comfortable on some rock that was 3+ perhaps 4 but once again, I saw no way to any top without over climbing what I am willing to do without a rope so I aborted. I enjoyed the exploration of many of the back area features and at one point was as high as the arch but never got near the top of any of the pinnacles in the area. I am happy to call this unsuccessful and if I came back I would galdy use the "no summit" goal designation and just enjoy the 3+ mile journey with amazing wonders to see up there
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:874 ft / 265 m
    Total Elevation Loss:290 ft / 87 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:684 ft / 208 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 584 ft / 178 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:paved parking for 3 mile RT Delicate Arch Hike  4266 ft / 1300 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Arches NP

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Arches Triple Point 48082019-05-02 a387 ft / 118 m
2Arches Butte 48252019-05-02 b600 ft / 183 m
4(Attempt) Delicate Arch Formation High Point2019-05-02 d874 ft / 266 m
Total Trip Gain: 1861 ft / 567 m    Total Trip Loss: 515 ft / 157 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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