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Ascent of Medicine Bow Peak-West Ridge on 2012-08-18

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Torsten
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Medicine Bow Peak-West Ridge
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:11920 ft / 3633 m

Ascent Trip Report

Medicine Bow Peak / Medicine Bow Peak – West Ridge
7:45am
Gudrun, Torsten and I started up the trail from Lewis Lake parking area on a somewhat chilly morning – but the skies are clear and looks like a great day for a hike.
9:15am
Torsten and I reached the Medicine Bow Peak. The last stretch is quite a scramble but it was a lot of fun. We had the summit to our selves and had time to look for and find a geocache here on the summit. The views into the valley are fantastic this morning.
9:35am
We left Medicine Bow Peak and headed for the County Highpoint of Carbon. This was a pretty easy walk but in places there was quite a bit of rock hopping involved. We got to the ‘high point’ which is really not a high point of the ridge or some kind of peak at all, it just happens to be a spot along the ridge that is the high point of Carbon County. The only thing of note was some old fencing in the area.
9:55am
Left the high point and headed back toward Medicine Bow Peak. Reached the summit at 10:25 am started the descent and heading back to meet up with Gudrun who had stayed in the lower elevations.
11:25am
There were several hikers heading up to the summit as we were coming down. Today was a great day to explore Medicine Bow Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Medicine Bow Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lewis Lake  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Medicine Bow

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Medicine Bow Peak2012-08-18 a1700 ft / 518 m
2Medicine Bow Peak-West Ridge2012-08-18 b 
Total Trip Gain: 1700 ft / 518 m



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