Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2014-10-29

Climber: Duncan Lennon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

Surely one of the all-time classic trails. I'm referring to the North Loop section here, as unfortunately the southern portion remained closed. As a professional trail builder, I feel that this route is brilliantly laid-out and that the USFS should get some credit for establishing and maintaining a world-class trail. There are many design elements in a truly sustainable trail, and this one incorporates most of them: long switchbacks, steady 8-12% climbing grade with frequent reversals, outsloped tread, a long causeway near the trailhead to combat this section's unfortunate fall-line orientation, large and beautiful Bristlecone Pines to serve as anchor points, a minimum of structures requiring a minimum of annual maintenance, a maximum of exposure and sudden views, and of course plenty of challenge and sense of wildness. Obviously Mt. Charleston is an amazing climb, but it's not just because of the mountain. Hopefully people will continue to note the genius that went into establishing this route.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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