Ascent of Square Top on 2013-06-30

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Susan Murphy
Jose Witt
Larry D
Harlan S
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, June 30, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Square Top
    Elevation:10694 ft / 3259 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the saddle with Matterhorn, we continued up the moderate to steep talus to the summit (see the Matterhorn trip report for info up to this point). Square Top was not difficult, nor did it have any spectacular features. It did have lots of swarming bugs, and was quite warm sitting there in the sun and getting crawled on. I was glad to leave!

From there, we headed down another steep talus slope to the north and headed for Jumbo. This was a bit steeper, but still not difficult. It was awkward, however. See the Jumbo trip report for the final part of the traverse.

Moving time up (from the Matterhorn saddle) was 21 minutes; down (to the Jumbo saddle) was 17 minutes.

GPS track shown is for the entire traverse.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:392 ft / 119 m
    Total Elevation Loss:555 ft / 168 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Warm and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:392 ft / 119 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 373 ft / 114 m; Extra: 19 ft / 5m
    Loss on way in:19 ft / 5 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:South Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle with Matterhorn  10321 ft / 3145 m
    Time:24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:536 ft / 163 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:North Ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle with Jumbo  10158 ft / 3096 m
    Time:17 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Matterhorn Traverse (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Matterhorn2013-06-30 a4377 ft / 1334 m
2Square Top2013-06-30 b392 ft / 119 m
3Jumbo Peak2013-06-30 c479 ft / 146 m
Total Trip Gain: 5248 ft / 1599 m    Total Trip Loss: 5066 ft / 1544 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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