Ascent of Bren Benchmark on 2019-11-23

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, November 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bren Benchmark
    Elevation:3988 ft / 1215 m

Ascent Trip Report

I made this harder than it had to be. I followed the Yetman Trail over its apex and downhill, then just randomly took off into the brush aiming for the lowpoint in the ridge. However, crossing the arroyos was time consuming so I barged up a slope and met the main crest at about 3,450 feet. I was expecting a use-trail (per Summit Post) but saw nothing, so I descended to that lowpoint (about 3,270 feet) and found something, so I followed it. I mainly stayed in the gully. I never found anything substantial, so I made it up as I went along. The climbing was not difficult, but it was slow. The recent rains made the slopes loose. I achieved the summit(s) and tagged all of them, but found no benchmark. Took me a little over two hours up.

Going down went well, and I got myself to the low saddle and followed trails southwesterly, until I intercepted the Yetman Trail again, but this time over a mile and a half from the cars. Pretty hike, I enjoyed it.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1508 ft / 459 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1508 ft / 459 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1278 ft / 389 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1018 ft / 310 m; Extra: 260 ft / 79m
    Loss on way in:260 ft / 79 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Yetman & x-country
    Start Trailhead:Yetman TH  2970 ft / 905 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1248 ft / 380 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1018 ft / 310 m; Extra: 230 ft / 70m
    Gain on way out:230 ft / 70 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    End Trailhead:Yetman TH  2970 ft / 905 m

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