Ascent of Mount Grant on 2014-09-13
|Others in Party:||Jay Dolan -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
|Date:||Saturday, September 13, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Carpool|
| Elevation:||11280 ft / 3438 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe 2014 Mt. Grant Challenge took place on September 13. About 80 people had registered to participate, a significant increase over previous editions according to the organizers. At 6am about 50 individuals had gathered at the start point near the shores of Walker Lake. As soon as the clock hit 6:30, someone yelled "It's time!" and the procession got going unceremoniously.
A group of teenagers took off in front, going at a clip that seemed rather fast (more on this in a bit). We started off with a group of 5; we lost the first person within the first two miles and the second person after Mile 8, as we were moving briskly. As the miles kept rolling by, we caught most of the groups and individuals who had sprinted ahead.
After the last checkpoint around Mile 13, we set our sights on the group of teenagers, some of them football players from the local Hawthorne high school. Their pack had dwindled to five people, who quickly became aware they were being "hunted" halfway through Mile 14. We gave earnest chase at Mile 15 and the teenagers tried to keep ahead, but finally succumbed to the altitude after Mile 16. Since there was nothing else to look forward to, we tried to finish the hike in under 6 hours, but failed to reach that mark by just 8 minutes (some of which had been spent chatting with the organizers and locals down the mountain).
Lest anyone thinks it was a race, we were just having a good time with the chase, our only goal being to find a way an liven the long distance. The stats were about 16.5 miles and 7000 feet of gain to the finish line, which was right below the summit pinnacle. Time was 6 hours 8 minutes as mentioned. A short scramble brought us to the highest point on the mountain, which my GPS measured at 11,276 feet. Interestingly, the USGS marker is found at the next outcropping to the east on the summit ridge, where a second register is also located. We visited this location to make sure we covered all the possible options, while most people were content with scrambling to the first highpoint.
The weather was great the entire day, with some light clouds blocking the sun early in the day, allowing us to reach altitude before the heat kicked in. On our ride back down the mountain, we discovered that the new base commander was seated behind us. He had done the hike like everyone else and even provided moral support for our group member who fell behind at Mile 8. Upon chatting with him, we found out that he is an enthusiastic supporter of events such as this, and he approved access to the mountain year round. The only requirements are that inviduals check-in and out at the base and sign a liability waiver. So, for anyone thinking about this CoHP, contact the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Depot for more information.
Sincerest thank-yous go out to the Mount Grant Challenge Committee, who did an excellent job with the organization and logistics, to the Lieutenant Colonel and HAAD for allowing the event, and to the city of Hawthorne for being good hosts.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||7300 ft / 2224 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||310 ft / 94 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||17.8 mi / 28.6 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Scramble|
| Gain on way in:||7150 ft / 2179 m|
| Distance:||17.2 mi / 27.6 km|
| Route:||Cottonwood Canyon Rd (Mt. Grant Challenge)|
| Start Trailhead:||Walker Lake/Hwy 95 4130 ft / 1258 m|
| Loss on way out:||310 ft / 94 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 160 ft / 49 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m|
| Gain on way out:||150 ft / 45 m|
| Distance:||0.6 mi / 0.9 km|
| Route:||Mt. Grant Summit Ridge|
| End Trailhead:||Mt. Grant Challenge Finish Line 11120 ft / 3389 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Grant & Eastern CA 09-14|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 12174 ft / 3711 m Total Trip Loss: 4993 ft / 1521 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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