Ascent of Moapa Peak on 2014-02-22

Climber: Chase DuPont

Others in Party:Trystan
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moapa Peak
    Elevation:6471 ft / 1972 m

Ascent Trip Report

We camped at the trailhead (a great place to camp) and got an early start the next morning. We hiked through the main wash all the way to the dry waterfall which we climbed for fun. Beyond the dry fall, there were many grassy patches that are home to ticks - while resting here I found one climbing on my pants and Trystan later pulled one out of his ear. After we hit the saddle we started climbing up to the main ridgeline where we hit a couple of class 3 sections along the way. Near the top we saw a herd of roughly 18 bighorn sheep. Once on the ridgeline it was a straightforward hike up to the massive summit cliffs. We skirted these cliffs and climbed up to the knife-edge ridge leading to the summit itself. In my opinion the intensity of the knife-edge was exaggerated. The exposure was serious but otherwise it was an easy walk up. Maybe I was just expecting more since it's so notorious. Either way it was a lot of fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3600 ft / 1097 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Start Trailhead:2871 ft / 875 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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