Ascent of Currant Mountain on 2012-06-23

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Anji Cerney
Anji Cerney
Collin Kamholz
Jose Witt
Lindsey Smith
Melinda Hernandez
Date:Saturday, June 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Currant Mountain
    Elevation:11513 ft / 3509 m

Ascent Trip Report

WOW! This was a killer hike (thanks to the traverse between Currant and Duckwater)!

Looking down to the north from Currant Mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. I might have concluded the traverse was impossible, if not having heard that it had been done. To go north, we initially headed south to descend onto the west side of the ridge. This was all dangerous loose scree on very steep slopes, and because of this horrible section, I strongly recommend not doing the traverse, and instead doing Currant and Duckwater as separate, fully-enjoyable hikes. Somehow we managed to regain the ridge at the pass north of peak 11413. From there it was mostly good terrain to the pass just south of Duckwater Peak. The one exception was going over the top of peak 11154 where there was some easy class 3 crossing a knife-edge ridge with great exposure on both sided.

Descending from the pass south of Duckwater, the first few hundred feet were very steep over loose terrain, but after that, the route became quite good. I'd recommend it, especially for an ascent of only Duckwater Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1203 ft / 366 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4163 ft / 1268 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:703 ft / 214 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 153 ft / 47 m; Extra: 550 ft / 167m
    Loss on way in:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:South ridge
    Start Trailhead:White Pine Peak 11360  11360 ft / 3462 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3613 ft / 1101 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3113 ft / 949 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Gain on way out:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:North ridge
    End Trailhead:Road NE of Currant Mtn @ 8400  8400 ft / 2560 m
    Time:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2012 Currant Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1White Pine Peak 113602012-06-232960 ft / 902 m
2Currant Mountain2012-06-231203 ft / 367 m
3Duckwater Peak2012-06-23525 ft / 160 m
Total Trip Gain: 4688 ft / 1429 m    Total Trip Loss: 4688 ft / 1429 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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