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Ascent of Peak 11053 on 2019-10-26

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:glen mizenko
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 26, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Peak 11053
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11053 ft / 3368 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tough OCT day. It has already snowed three times in OCT this year so Glen picked a route to get up over 11k and with some prominence and with a southern route to get up hoping to avoid too much snow. In general, it was not too bad varying from 2 inches down lower slope up to 8 inches along the wooded bushwhack but the upper areas were easily 12 inches. It was deeper than that as we took on the second peak Meridian Hill later. The access to this peak is easy - although it says a 4 wheel drive forest road, a SUV or AWD vehicle would have been fine. There is a shooting range nearby and it was supposed to be closed but about three truck load of shooters were unimpressed with the national forest signs saying the range was closed. Just before the left turn to the shooting range bare right and the TH parking is away from the shooters.

The entire route was a bushwhack. Never thick like those dang lodgepole pines but mostly fir. Some steep slopes in the snow so we contoured a bit and I wore microspikes. Firm snow in the early morning and slushy slippery on the way back. We headed for the USGS map saddles as to not unnecessarily climb false peaks and nubs. The summit has a peek a boo view of Rosalie over towards Evans then we turned and headed NE to go around the big frozen swamp feature on the map and attack Meridian Hill from the west. There is a semi-bald spot on the USGS map we headed for and found and although not bald it opened up enough for a good view of Meridian and we got our bearings and headed for site two
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1733 ft / 528 m
    Total Elevation Loss:47 ft / 14 m
    Grade/Class:1,2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1733 ft / 528 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1686 ft / 513 m; Extra: 47 ft / 14m
    Loss on way in:47 ft / 14 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:US Forest Road see GPS   9367 ft / 2855 m
    Time:1 Hours 34 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Meridian

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Peak 110532019-10-26 a1733 ft / 528 m
2Meridian Hill2019-10-26 b1022 ft / 312 m
Total Trip Gain: 2755 ft / 840 m    Total Trip Loss: 632 ft / 192 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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