Ascent of East Northgate Peak on 2010-11-13

Climber: Greg Bramlet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, November 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:East Northgate Peak
    Elevation:7159 ft / 2182 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a solo ascent that yielded some amazing views of the Zion National Park's backcountry. The terrain is unusual as the mix is volcanic and sedimentary. The route is not always obvious as the route is very broken and winds its way alongside a gully or two. Other domes in the area are technically more challenging and require rope technique.

As to the other domes, anchors are mostly small trees. Did reconnaissance of West Northgate Peak. Long unroped pitches. Slope angle does approach 60 degrees. At this time of the year ice is accumulating on the North sides. The rock (Navaho sandstone) is very friable and unpredictable. Thus, it can be potentially very dangerous.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:359 ft / 109 m
    Route:North Flank
    Trailhead:6800 ft / 2072 m
    Grade/Class:class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Overcast later that afternoon.
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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