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Ascent of Mount Massive-Northwest Peak on 2013-08-26

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Massive-Northwest Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14320 ft / 4364 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the saddle between Mt Massive - Green Peak and Mt Massive - Northwest Peak, the herdpath faded out and left us looking up at a rather rugged looking summit block. Not a true summit block, it is more of an area of large boulders and steep, rocky terrain. Either way, we had heard it was Class 3, and it looked like it was going to involve significant climbing to get to the summit.

From the saddle, there are two candidates for the high point: one to the west, and another just southeast of it, with a gully running up the middle. We angled over some large boulders, and into the steep gully, taking care not to dislodge any of the myriad loose rocks onto each other. Though steep, nothing during the ascent or descent ever got more involved than heavy Class 2 scrambling (i.e. use of a hand here and there to aid ascent).

Once at the saddle, it became apparent that the western high point was a little taller, so we headed up there. Tagging the other side would be very easy from the saddle if desired, but it would hardly be worthy of the effort.

We took a break at the summit and ate some food and took some pictures. I was contemplating continuing on to the Mt Massive - Far Northwest summit, but Eric called on the walkie and wondered what our ETA was as he and Tim had reached the summit of the main peak and were waiting for our return for a group summit photo, and were getting cold. Hitting the bump that constituted the Far Northwest summit would have added about 0.8 miles and about 250' vertical to the trip, all on what looked like very easy terrain with just small talus. In the end, we decided against making our friends wait an extra 30 chilly minutes to tag what amounted to a trivial, unofficial subpeak.

The trip back was similar to the trip up. After a cautious descent in the gully and hopping some boulders, we reached the saddle with Mt Massive - Green Peak.

->See the rest of the subpeak pages for the Mount Massive trip for the rest of the details. The GPS track shown on all pages is for the entire outing.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:339 ft / 103 m
    Total Elevation Loss:339 ft / 102 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Some clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:309 ft / 94 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 264 ft / 80 m; Extra: 45 ft / 13m
    Loss on way in:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Saddle on Southeast Ridge w/Mt Massive  14056 ft / 4284 m
    Time:43 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:294 ft / 89 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 264 ft / 80 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Southeast Ridge
    End Trailhead:Saddle on Southeast Ridge w/Mt Massive  14056 ft / 4284 m
    Time:28 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Massive

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Massive2013-08-26 a4023 ft / 1226 m
2Mount Massive-Northwest Peak2013-08-26 b339 ft / 103 m
3Mount Massive-Green Peak2013-08-26 c224 ft / 68 m
4Mount Massive2013-08-26 d302 ft / 92 m
5Mount Massive-Southeast Peak2013-08-26 e333 ft / 101 m
Total Trip Gain: 5221 ft / 1590 m    Total Trip Loss: 9674 ft / 2948 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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