Ascent of Fool Creek Peak on 2015-10-27

Climber: Bob Bolton

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Fool Creek Peak
    Elevation:9712 ft / 2960 m

Ascent Trip Report

The highlight of this hike was running into Teresa Gergen on her way down during my ascent. We had never met before, but I had deduced her identity from looking at her car at the "trailhead". My reasoning went something like this: Here's a car from Colorado. There's only one reason to park here and that's to climb Fool Creek Peak, and since it's midweek she must be a peakbagger. "She" because the car obviously was owned by a woman. But what would a self-respecting woman from Colorado be doing on a sub-10,000-foot peak in Utah? Coloradans are not generally much interested in prominence, so Fool Creek Peak with its Lower 48 top 200 prominence shouldn't interest a Colorado peakbagger. That is unless the woman has already done everything in Colorado down to 10,000 feet and has decided to branch out into other lists. This thought led me to Teresa Gergen since she had already climbed everything down to 10,000 feet in Colorado. On the ridge I suddenly heard a woman's voice greeting me. I looked up under my brim hat and greeted her back and we exchanged pleasantries. Then I asked "You're from Colorado, this peak has high prominence but it is lower than 10,000 feet. What would a self-respecting Colorado peakbagger be doing on Fool Creek Peak?" She answered something to this effect: "Well, I've kind of already done everything in Colorado, so I'm branching out to other lists, and this peak is on the Sierra Club's Great Basin Peaks list." I immediately responded "Sounds like Teresa Gergen to me!". She sorta blushed and asked who I was, and she acted like she had heard of me when I told her. Who knows? Anyway we talked for an hour before resuming our respective hikes. It was a never-to-be-forgotten encounter.

Teresa Gergen on Fool Creek Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2800 ft / 853 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2800 ft / 853 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2800 ft / 853 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Start Trailhead:N39.40915 W112.22784  6912 ft / 2106 m
    Time:4 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2800 ft / 853 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    End Trailhead:N39.40915 W112.22784  6912 ft / 2106 m
    Time:1 Hours 42 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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