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Ascent of Pike Benchmark Summit on 2015-02-06

Climber: Jim Wick

Date:Friday, February 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Pike Benchmark Summit
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:5640 ft / 1719 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was our fourth and fifth objective point (after Phil BM, Norte BM, & Cody BM; see those trip reports).

This report starts at the saddle just north of Phil BM. We are side traversing the first half on the way to Pike Benchmark Summit. After a little ways we seek and find a section marker (~N33 18 31.6 W116 30 04.2). After the section marker the side stepping traverse continues. It is slow going due to footing as well as bush/boulder avoidance. As we approached the final 100' elevation gain, route finding becomes difficult. The route can quickly become class 3. After reaching the highest bump, it is relatively easy stroll over to the summit. We signed the register and ate lunch. Got some great photos of F18s flying below us thru the canyons. After lunch we headed east down to Pike Benchmark (see Pike Benchmark trip report)

Total Stats for all 8pts: 5.3 miles and 3133' gained/loss
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:808 ft / 245 m
    Total Elevation Loss:583 ft / 177 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:652 ft / 198 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 388 ft / 119 m; Extra: 264 ft / 80m
    Loss on way in:264 ft / 80 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:XC
    Start Trailhead:saddle  5252 ft / 1600 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:319 ft / 97 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 163 ft / 50 m; Extra: 156 ft / 47m
    Gain on way out:156 ft / 47 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:XC
    End Trailhead:Army BM  5477 ft / 1669 m
    Time:31 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Los Coyotes Spring 2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Phil Benchmark2015-02-06884 ft / 269 m
2Norte Benchmark2015-02-0667 ft / 20 m
3Cody Benchmark2015-02-06701 ft / 214 m
4Pike Benchmark Summit2015-02-06808 ft / 246 m
5Pike Benchmark2015-02-06169 ft / 52 m
6Army Benchmark2015-02-060 ft / 0 m
7Dry Benchmark2015-02-06320 ft / 98 m
8Hot Springs Mountain2015-02-0658 ft / 18 m
Total Trip Gain: 3007 ft / 917 m    Total Trip Loss: 3047 ft / 930 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jim Wick
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