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Ascent of Yost Benchmark on 2020-12-30

Climber: Powen Ru

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Yost Benchmark
    Location:USA-Virginia
    Elevation:3280 ft / 999 m

Ascent Trip Report

- Parked off Deerfield Rd, passed two big frozen puddles at the entrance of FR-468.
- (Referring to global topo) Left the road at 1880 for a gully shortcut to FR-385 at 2080.
- FR-385 is much more overgrown. Left the road at 2120 for another gully shortcut to SE ridge.
- The SE ridge road, overgrown at places, extends to further than the route on the topo map, very close to the summit.
- The benchmark is right on the pb point.
- On descent, I made a shortcut crossing the upstream of Laurel Branch before rejoining the road at 2920.
- I followed the road till 2440, then went west to reach the tip of a U-section of SR-633 via a dry gully.
- SR-633 is a good pavement road; but heavily posted either side, not good for ascent.

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The benchmark is right at peakbagger point (2020-12-30). Photo by Powen Ru.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1974 ft / 601 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1974 ft / 600 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1944 ft / 592 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1702 ft / 519 m; Extra: 242 ft / 73m
    Loss on way in:242 ft / 73 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:FR-468, then SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:FR-468 entrance  1578 ft / 480 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1732 ft / 527 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1702 ft / 519 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Route:SE ridge, then SR-633
    End Trailhead:FR-468 entrance  1578 ft / 480 m
    Time:1 Hours 6 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Powen Ru
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