Ascent of Tiefort Mountains High Point on 2012-02-03

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Keith Christensen
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, February 3, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tiefort Mountains High Point
    Elevation:5063 ft / 1543 m

Ascent Trip Report

First peak for the weekend was Tiefort Peak, a peak that has extremely difficult access due to its location onboard Fort Irwin. Luckily, my ID got us past the gate and Keith and I killed them with kindness to talk our way on to the peak. After a dull safety brief and a number of bureaucratic road blocks by some rude contractors, we were on our way. Now I remember why I joined the Navy – I can hike peaks on military bases fairly easily… Tiefort was a rather unremarkable peak as we followed old power lines up to a false summit, then followed a nice ridge to the actual summit, which is covered in all kinds of mechanical junk in typical military base fashion. We saw a helicopter on the summit landing pad when we were on the false summit, but it had departed by the time we arrived. We achieved our objective, so we hiked down and departed the base for dinner in Barstow at a decent Mexican food place. If you want to hike Tiefort, there are a bunch of rules, and you have to arrange the trip in advance. It’s a pain, but it can be done. I would recommend getting as large a group together as possible to avoid multiple requests to the base. Don't log the false summit just to pad your peakbagger numbers...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2763 ft / 842 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2763 ft / 842 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2363 ft / 721 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:2700 ft / 822 m
Descent Statistics

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