Ascent of Whipple Mountains High Point on 2019-12-29

Climber: Chad Thomas

Date:Sunday, December 29, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whipple Mountains High Point
    Elevation:4130 ft / 1258 m

Ascent Trip Report

Walking through the wash that goes to the canyon and eventually the summit seemed a bit long but was not difficult at all. Once the canyon narrowed it was actually pretty scenic and certainly more interesting.

There was a use path both before and in the canyon we followed often. At times it almost seemed good enough to be man made. Presumably it isn't and we saw lots of signs of horses having used it recently, then some wild horses on the drive out. It's possible it is simply a use path the horses made searching for water high up the canyon (it rained recently and the upper canyon actually had running water when we visited which was kind of nice).

After reaching the saddle south of Point 3292 the route finding is a little trickier and I had to backtrack a little. Spotted several cairns, some helpful, some distracting, so don't overweight their value. Eventually worked my way into a perhaps barely class 3 chute that made it to the final ridge and eventually the summit.

Once again forgot to turn my GPS track off at the end so it covers the first 1.5 miles or so of the drive out.
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GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Chad Thomas
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