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Ascent of Radio Ridge on 2015-12-30

Climber: Kreg Ellzey

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Radio Ridge
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:9040 ft / 2755 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a combined trip report for Radio Ridge and Pusch Ridge Wilderness High Point.

Hiked up the paved road from the Ski Valley parking lot, then turned left onto the gated side road that leads out to the towers along the ridge. Left the vehicle at 3:00pm and made it to Radio Ridge at 3:35pm. After bagging the Radio Ridge peak I continued west along the road for approximately 0.23 mile to the Pusch Ridge Wilderness High Point, arriving there at 3:44 pm. From there I retraced my route and made it back down to my vehicle at Ski Valley at 4:19pm. There was some lingering snow on ground but none on the paved road leading up. However, the dirt road leading out the towers had a good bit of snow and ice. Although I brought along microspikes, my trekking poles did just fine in keeping me upright along this stretch without donning the footgear.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:715 ft / 217 m
    Total Elevation Loss:40 ft / 12 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:715 ft / 217 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Access Road
    Start Trailhead:Ski Valley Parking Area  8325 ft / 2537 m
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.4 km
    Route:Access Road
    End Trailhead:Pusch Ridge Wilderness HP  9000 ft / 2743 m
    Time:0 Days 0 Hours 9 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Radio Ridge 2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Radio Ridge2015-12-30 a715 ft / 218 m
2Pusch Ridge Wilderness High Point2015-12-30 b40 ft / 12 m
Total Trip Gain: 755 ft / 230 m    Total Trip Loss: 755 ft / 230 m



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