Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2019-07-11

Climber: Josh Super

Others in Party:Shalee Blackmer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, July 11, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 8 of our epic 11 day road trip out west flying into Phoenix and flying out of Vegas ending with engagement and conquering the tallest peak in the continental US.

Day 1- fireworks show airplane ride and motel in Phoenix.
Day 2- rental car to Prescott and camping on the pass to Jerome.
Day 3- last vortex in Sedona, camping at base of Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff
Day 4- Humphreys peak summit and plane crash, stratosphere in Vegas
Day 5- Mt Charleston scree hikes and slot canyon, 119 degrees Death Valley sand dunes and sleeping in Lone Pine park
Day 6- Mt dana summit, east Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, sleep and soak at Whitmore hot springs
Day 7- conquer Mammoth crest, 2 FTFs. Snow cups and glissading, travel to sleep at base of Boundary peak NV
Day 8- Boundary peak summit, sleep at Lone Pine park,
Day 9- rest, meet up with Whitney summit crew, Alabama Hills. Camp at trailhead.
Day 10- Mt Whitney mountaineers summit and engagement
Day 11- depart from McCarran.

Last night we car camped a few miles up the road en route to the Queen Mine trailhead. Drove up this morning on a rougher than expected approach, especially in one spot. We opted out of the extra 1000 feet since it did not look good. Well I think we probably could have made it. But that section of road was definitely really steep, and it was a brutal start to the hike. Finally we made it to the "true start" and register. And climbed the rest of the steep beginning until we made it to that ridiculously long plateau. Could not believe how long that flat section was. Gorgeous though staring up at the summit. But we made it to the meat and potatoes of the route and we picked through it. Unfortunately Shalee quickly started succumbing to her conditional altitude sickness and it was not a fun time for her getting to the top. But she did make it and we were thrilled. Didnt see a single person the whole time. Enjoyed the summit for a while with the plethora of insects. On the way down I had the genius idea to go directly down the gully and traverse back to the path. I got caught in several rock slides all for a thin fast 400 foot glissade. And that traverse sucked so bad. Took forever with a lot of effort and did a number on my ankles. A lot hotter coming back. A very memorable long hike and another highpoint down.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail

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