Ascent of X Mountain on 2015-11-29

Climber: Grant Myers

Date:Sunday, November 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:X Mountain
    Elevation:5960 ft / 1816 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road to the trailhead was a bit icy & rough, 4WD is advised. Others came before us & the trail was well beat down all the way to Trappers Peak. We met four people coming off the top of Trappers who had spent the night up there & had built a wonderful snow shelter, too bad we couldn't stay & use it!
After a break we dropped down the other side of Trapper toward X, some steep snow (ice axe) & a bit of rock scrambling.
The ridge to X was easy & beautiful, we used snowshoes on this section though could have done it without them had we not carried them this far. About 5 hours 15 min. up & we took a good break despite the late hour. Retraced the route with sunset views as we reached treeline & about 1.25 hour with headlamps in the woods.
9.5 hours,12.5 miles & 4400' cumulative gain.
Notes on prominence: Peakbagger has this one shown as 280'
clean prominence though my gps readings show about 320' if Trappers is higher. Readings between summits of Trappers and X Mountain were inconclusive though older maps show X as higher by one foot. The key col is at 5400' which would give the highest peak with somewhat over 560' prominence and the other at about 320': both peaks are at legitimate in meeting a 300' min. threshold.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4310 ft / 1313 m
    Total Elevation Loss:850 ft / 258 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3885 ft / 1184 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3460 ft / 1054 m; Extra: 425 ft / 129m
    Loss on way in:425 ft / 129 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Start Trailhead:2500 ft / 762 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:425 ft / 129 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 15959 ft / 4863 m; Extra: 425 ft / 129m
    Gain on way out:425 ft / 129 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km

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