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Ascent of Crooked Top Peak on 2019-11-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:glen mizenko
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Crooked Top Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10465 ft / 3189 m

Ascent Trip Report

Glen planned another great trip. He drove his 4 wheel SUV up the forest road 101 which we scouted earlier in the year. The Oct snow had mostly melted out and the shaded areas were icy but compact from other drivers. We could have made it to BM 9307 but many trucks parked there so we parked at a large parking designated area just before that road junction. We then hiked along the 4 wheel drive forest road and bushwhacked a short section till the snow was annoying so we went back to the road. There is another nice parking area at spot elevation 9539 and we went off road from here and climbed the western slopes of Crooked Top. It was steep but little snow till we got nearer to the top. There was some false pinnacles here and there but the top was nice affording great views to the SW.

After some food we plotted a course for the two peaks opposite and to the west. There are some wonderful pikes peak granite formations off the cliff bands and you can pick a class 5,4,3,or 2 route. We grabbed some slabs and headed down trying to keep the complications to class 2+ or easy 3.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1290 ft / 393 m
    Total Elevation Loss:130 ft / 39 m
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
32F in morning to start
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1290 ft / 393 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1160 ft / 353 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:forest parking area  9305 ft / 2836 m
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:summit - begin new peak  
Ascent Part of Trip: Crooked

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Crooked Top Peak2019-11-09 a1290 ft / 393 m
2Pike NF Peak 100992019-11-09 b874 ft / 266 m
3Peak 101202019-11-09 c286 ft / 87 m
4Peak 101482019-11-09 d963 ft / 294 m
Total Trip Gain: 3413 ft / 1040 m    Total Trip Loss: 1735 ft / 529 m



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