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Ascent of Kingston Peak on 2013-02-24

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
James Morehouse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Kingston Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7336 ft / 2236 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a fun hike with some easy Class 3 climbing. The trip started badly when on member of our club didn't show up at the rendezvous point. Turns out she lost her keys camping in Death Valley. We took the road up above the mine, just as the sun appeared over the ridge. It came in above the ridge blinding everyone, and not two seconds later Joel hit toaster oven sized boulder and became high centered on it. We eventually got it out with the jack and some flat (booster) rocks - no damage to his vehicle. The hike itself went up a gully to a saddle. The upper gully had 2-3 inches of powdery snow in many places and formed a wind funnel that made it really cold. Once to the saddle, things were warmer, and we made it to the summit in decent time. The route down was more side-hill and therefore had less gain and was a bit shorter. Wind funnel was still going in the gully, but this time I was dressed for it. We had all heard bushwhacking was a big deal on Kingston, but found it to be only moderate.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3827 ft / 1165 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3827 ft / 1165 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Sunny but cold, very windy on Northern Gully
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3215 ft / 979 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2262 ft / 690 m; Extra: 953 ft / 290m
    Loss on way in:953 ft / 290 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:Gully to West, then Northeast ridge
    Start Trailhead:End of side rd East of the mine  5074 ft / 1546 m
    Time:4 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2874 ft / 875 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2262 ft / 690 m; Extra: 612 ft / 186m
    Gain on way out:612 ft / 186 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:Gully to West, then Northeast ridge
    End Trailhead:End of side rd East of the mine  5074 ft / 1546 m
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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