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Ascent of Bear Den Mountain on 2011-12-17

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, December 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bear Den Mountain
    Location:USA-Arkansas
    Elevation:960 ft / 292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fun little side trip off of doing the county HP which is in the end simply a million large towers. Shinnal Mountain and Crystal Mountain are essential the same small range divided by a small notch at around elevation 770 where Gordon Road and 2 Towers Road meet. Someone simply named each side of the range differently. Crystal mountain, too has several towers and two peaks. The taller peak on the mountain is given a name on the USGS map as "Bear Den Mountain" which is really over kill since it is simply the tallest peak on Crystal Mountain which is arguably simply the eastern second tallest sub-peak of Shinall Mountain. In any case it does have its own prominence and more importantly - it has a nice rock face just made for free scrambling and no antenae.

The scrambling is more lower class 3 although locals have bolted an anchor into the top of the rift along the south wall and obviously do some lower class 5 and rappelling from this small sedimentary wall. Karen and I located the peak and then found a fun little rift to scramble to the bottom that was solid class 3. Anytime you can turn a county HP adventure into an off-road open country scramble - that aint a bad way to start the morning. Got back to the car having completed both peaks are our first warm up hike of the day.

Total Gain = 790 feet
Total miles hiked = 3.3 miles
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:275 ft / 83 m
    Total Elevation Loss:405 ft / 122 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Grade/Class:2 and 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
cool warming up to 45F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:265 ft / 80 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 230 ft / 70 m; Extra: 35 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Route:bushwhack the slopes and scramble
    Start Trailhead:Saddle in Gordon Road between mountain ranges  730 ft / 222 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:370 ft / 112 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 360 ft / 110 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:bushwhack back to road
    End Trailhead:Chenal Valley Dr intersection with Gordon Road  600 ft / 182 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Shinnall

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Shinall Mountain2011-12-17 a515 ft / 157 m
2Bear Den Mountain2011-12-17 b275 ft / 84 m
Total Trip Gain: 790 ft / 241 m    Total Trip Loss: 790 ft / 240 m



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