Ascent of Moapa Peak on 2013-03-02

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Moapa Peak
    Elevation:6471 ft / 1972 m

Ascent Trip Report

Repeated Moapa to try and find the sunglasses I lost there in November (we searched and searched and didn't find them, in spite of knowing the general area they were dropped.) Also, Anji needed the summit as part of the LVMC 50 Classics list, so I went with her. I had doubts about my old 2WD pickup making it to the trailhead (it WOULD have made it), so we parked early and hiked the relatively flat road to the official trailhead, adding 7.3 miles/295 vertical feet to the outing. We also had major GPS issues on decent, both of ours were bouncing our position all over the place, and got us well off route and cliffed out in the upper bands. Others reported similar GPS isses elsewhere during the day, so I suspect something was going on with the satellites, as Moapa is not a place where one would have GPS connectivity problems (wide open sky the whole way). Anyway, it made for a much longer than expected, but still enjoyable, day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4706 ft / 1434 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4706 ft / 1434 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.3 mi / 24.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Day started clear but became overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4305 ft / 1312 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3911 ft / 1192 m; Extra: 394 ft / 120m
    Loss on way in:394 ft / 120 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.2 km
    Route:Gullies on South side to Northeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:On road 3.4 miles from trailhead  2560 ft / 780 m
    Time:5 Hours 6 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4312 ft / 1314 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3911 ft / 1192 m; Extra: 401 ft / 122m
    Gain on way out:401 ft / 122 m
    Distance:7.7 mi / 12.4 km
    Route:Gullies on South side to Northeast Ridge
    End Trailhead:On road 3.4 miles from trailhead  2560 ft / 780 m
    Time:5 Hours 21 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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