Ascent of Peak 852 on 2012-09-13

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Gabe Forrey
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, September 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 852
    Elevation:2795 ft / 851 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great after work hike just east of town. Went up main wash and down north ridge. Ran into 2 different rattlesnakes. I saw the first one coiled up when my foot was about 3 feet away, no problem, I think I woke it up. The second one, well, I stepped right on it with my left foot and it shot past my right leg getting away, scaring the shit out of Gabe since it launched right for him. I heard him yell "snake" before I even knew what was going on. I bolted up the side of the wash on my left and then heard the rattling behind me. I didn't turn around until I knew it was a few feet behind me. Gabe had moved out of the wash the other way. While we let out heart rates drop below 200, we heard it rattling on the side of the wash. Closest call I have ever had with a rattler... Pics

4.19 mi total
119:24 moving time
28:00 stopped
2.1 mph avg speed
6.8 max speed (likely attained while running away from the rattler)
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Peak 852 as seen during a rare autumn grass bloom in the desert (2012-09-13). Photo by James Barlow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1075 ft / 327 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1075 ft / 327 m
    Route:Main Wash
    Start Trailhead:1720 ft / 524 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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