Ascent of Ship Mountain on 2016-01-04

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, January 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ship Mountain
    Elevation:3238 ft / 986 m

Ascent Trip Report

4WD mandatory to get to this trailhead. Very sandy along the pipeline road from the west as well as a washed out section requiring a detour. The old road from the pipeline road is very faint and you can even lose it in one spot. This old road can be hiked if needed. The wash that I ascended was fast, easy going. 1 hr 15 min to the top, 1 hr down. Most recent ascent was September 2015 to my surprise. Their tire tracks are still in the dirt on the old road. My ascent route is referred to as the Vitz '96 route from other register entries...

I made the difficult decision to skip Marble Mtns HP near I-40 after this one as the drive from Old Woman to Ship took much longer than expected (I followed the pipeline road from Old Woman SW to Ship's turn off). I also delayed my start on Old Woman by an hour and a half due to the rain when I woke up, heard the rain, and rolled back over for another hour of sleep... I would have been topping out on Marble in the dark if I went for it. Doable, but what's the fun in that? I reached Route 66 at 4pm and called it with only 45 minutes of light left.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1898 ft / 578 m
    Route:NW Gully
    Trailhead:1340 ft / 408 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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