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Ascent of Freshman Mountain on 2015-01-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 5, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Freshman Mountain
    Location:USA-Texas
    Elevation:1630 ft / 496 m

Ascent Trip Report

If you hike this one correctly it is a really nice add on to the day. I finished up the Turkey formation and headed towards the saddle between Freshman and Turkey. Then I saw some great slabs heading down slop and I wanted more vertical not less so I headed down to the NE and then attacked this formation along the wall of nice bouldering rocks. You can play with some nice class 3 in here. Near the apparent top are 3 hoodoos of granite that I called the three sisters and they make more some fun photos and then up and scrambled up one of the hoodoos to get views above the slabs and 3 hoodoos. Unlike all of the other peaks in the park the true peak here is NOT a rock slab or hoodoo. It suddenly rounds out and there is cactus and a live oak at the summit.??? Surprised but pleased at the diversity I noted that there was nobody at this end of the park. I had the summit to myself!

I found a nice steep slab to smear down to a really deep ravine below and you can see the creek well from the backside. There is another nice peak formation on the other side of the smaller creek at the bottom of the ravine. More solitude? I had to go tag it too. Not much time left in my 3 hour tour but I headed at fast pace to play on the next one NE.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:90 ft / 27 m
    Total Elevation Loss:240 ft / 73 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Grade/Class:2,3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Stream Ford, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:NE bearing to the bottom of slide below the "three
    Start Trailhead:saddle between peaks  1540 ft / 469 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:NE along cactus and then smear NE face
    End Trailhead:small creek separating Freshman from Buzzard's Roo  1390 ft / 423 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Enchanted Rock Traverse-Loop

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 a460 ft / 140 m
2Little Rock2015-01-05 b220 ft / 67 m
3Little Rock-Point 17052015-01-05 c95 ft / 29 m
4Little Rock2015-01-05 d80 ft / 24 m
5Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 e265 ft / 81 m
6Turkey Peak2015-01-05 f140 ft / 43 m
7Turkey Peak2015-01-05 g100 ft / 30 m
8Freshman Mountain2015-01-05 h90 ft / 27 m
9Buzzards Roost2015-01-05 i230 ft / 70 m
10Turkey Peak2015-01-05 j330 ft / 101 m
11Enchanted Rock2015-01-05 k350 ft / 107 m
Total Trip Gain: 2360 ft / 719 m    Total Trip Loss: 2360 ft / 720 m



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