Ascent of Plain Ridge on 2014-02-22

Climber: Grant Myers

Date:Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Plain Ridge
    Elevation:3088 ft / 941 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at 2250' pass east of Plain on Chumstick Hwy., plowed wide spot that is the same trailhead for Beaver Hill. Went up through open woods with snowshoes soon reaching a steep area with exposed rock bluffs which we got through on the left side. Fairly steep snowshoeing but once above we got some views down to Plain, clouds too low to see much beyond. Soon reached road 215 with deep powder snow, followed on slight down grade to the 219 spur(not marked) which was overgown & difficult with deep powder snow. Left the road going up & east to reach the ridge south of 3088'. This ridge was miserable with brush sticking out of the snow & lots of punch-throughs & snow down the neck for a time. Things got better near 3088 which was near the edge of the east side dramatic drop. Backtracked & then to the 3080' closed contour which was virtually the same height, now in white-out conditions. Since this is not a terribly interesting objective & given its proximity to the town of Plain I have called this Plain Ridge, unofficial of course.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 304 m
    Total Elevation Loss:150 ft / 45 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:900 ft / 274 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 850 ft / 259 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Start Trailhead:2238 ft / 682 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:100 ft / 30 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 13087 ft / 3988 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m

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