Ascent of Mission Peak on 2012-05-20

Climber: Jason Reed

Others in Party:Entire Ohlone 50k race
Date:Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Mission Peak
    Elevation:2517 ft / 767 m

Ascent Trip Report

I ran the Ohlone 50k which starts at Mission Peak Regional Preserve in Fremont and climbs Mission Peak over the first 4 miles. The course descends down the east side, then climbs Rose Peak until around mile 21, then descends down to Lake Del Valle in Livermore.

I started a little too fast (1st place) in a race I knew I could never ever win. Eventually the fast guys passed me and I settled in a pace where I normally belong, around Mark T, although I wasn't in good enough shape to stay with him. Mark lost his shoe in some mud before we hit the summit of Mission Peak which surprised me because I didn't know mud existed in the dry East Bay trails.

I ran with Gary W a little going downhill but eventually he went by me. I staretd to have a hard time climbing at mile 11 in the Sunol Regionial Wilderness. Bree and Jerry both caught up to me as I began the 10 mile run/walk climb up Rose Peak. It didn't help that my Garmin died after 19.68 miles. I must not have charged it completely.

I seemed to get a second wind as we neared the summit of Rose peak and I was also happy to have bagged a new (for me) peak in a race. i was now near Bree, Jerry, and Ron running decently however, I staretd running downhill a little too fast not knowing there were several sizeable climbs left.

All of a sudden on my way down I started to cramp up and my momentum was gone. I found myself walking downhills and uphills. The heat wasn't helping although I am sure there were many out there worse off than me with the temperatures. The climbs in the last 10 mile slowed me down and I wasn't able to gain back the time because the downhills were a little too steep given the uneven terrain.

I was counting down the miles to the end and Adona caught up and passed me, which in hindsight I'm surprised didn't happen earlier. With under a half mile to go I found Pierre laying on the side of the trail, maybe unconscious and certainly not responding to my talking to him. He was laying still on the side of the trail so as I went to run to the finish to get help i saw someone was on his way back to help (long story short, he went to the hospital but recovered in a couple days).

I was glad to be done as this was the only race on the PA-Ultra series (excluding 100 milers) that I hadn't done. I had climbed Mission Peak before and found it to be difficult, but not extremely tiring. I wondered how hard it would be to climb Rose Peak one day (and nothing else) and i figure I'll do it again since the top of Rose Peak is close to but isn't the County high Point. Certainly it would be easier climbing during cooler weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2353 ft / 717 m
    Total Elevation Loss:232 ft / 70 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2353 ft / 717 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2121 ft / 647 m; Extra: 232 ft / 70m
    Loss on way in:232 ft / 70 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Mission Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mission Peak Regional Preserve  396 ft / 120 m
    Time:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Ohlone50k2012

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mission Peak2012-05-202353 ft / 717 m
2Rose Peak2012-05-202408 ft / 734 m
Total Trip Gain: 4761 ft / 1451 m    Total Trip Loss: 4357 ft / 1328 m

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