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Ascent of Kletting Peak on 2014-09-06

Climber: Weston Broadbent

Date:Saturday, September 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kletting Peak
    Location:USA-Utah
    Elevation:12055 ft / 3674 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked along HWY 150 at the Ruth Lake turn out. Crossed the street and bush wacked down and back up the other side slowly angling North East towards the Saddle between Hayden Peak and Kletting Peak. There was a lot of down timber and in the future I would go another turn out or two closer - maybe even at the historical monument turnout (we were hoping to maintain elevation). Once we caught the treeline we traversed North along to the saddle and continued up the peak. There is a fairly large outcrop of cliffs along the path about 1/3 of the way up and we avoided these by going to the left which seemed to be the safest. The path from the saddle up is mainly a class three with some large rock hopping involved. Near the top you will see two summits - A western one and an eastern one. Our map and GPS told us that the Western one (the one closer to the Highway) was the actual peak so we headed to that one (they are only 150' apart or so). I was unsuccessful in finding a survey marker on either one, but our GPS showed us directly on the peak on the western side. On top there was a small pile of rocks someone had piled. We then continued North and looked down into the Hell Hole Basin, and from there went down the face for our decent back to the highway. I would NOT recommend this. It was dangerous and a much more difficult path than the one we came in on. Overall, this was a beautiful Uintas hike and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The views of West Basin and the surround peaks were breathtaking. If I attempt this again I would change three things: 1. Park closer to the saddle, 2. Not descend the face, and 3. I think I would make it a 2-fer and bag A1 as well (it is a direct shot down the ridgeline).
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:2 - 3
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack



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