Ascent of Swasey Peak on 2013-07-07

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Joel Brewster
BLMhikergirl Pipps
Rich Stephens
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 7, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Swasey Peak
    Elevation:9669 ft / 2947 m

Ascent Trip Report

Getting to the trailhead may be possible with a standard car, but it would involve a lot of decent dirt road driving, and a bit of more challenging road near the top.

As an interesting note, just about a mile or two before the pass there are many adjacent well-developed but unofficial camping areas south of the road.

The route we took up involved such brutal bushwhacking that we opted to try a new route down heading southwest from the summit- it wasn't too bad until it cliffed out and we had to head north where we found a small break in the cliffs that only involved about a 15' class 3 downclimb. The rest of the terrain was so loose that I could not recommend this as an ascent route. In fact, it was so bad, it was only marginally better than the extreme bushwhacking we faced coming up. Note that my GPS batteries died partway down so that track is incomplete.

I won't be doing this peak again, but I'd suggest trying the west ridge. While there are some cliff walls, it looked like they could all be walked around.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1769 ft / 539 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1769 ft / 538 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1769 ft / 539 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1669 ft / 509 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    Start Trailhead:Pass at 8000' south of mountain  8000 ft / 2438 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1669 ft / 508 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Southeast ridge
    End Trailhead:Pass at 8000' south of mountain  8000 ft / 2438 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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