Ascent of North Black Rock Pass Peak in 2004-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Chuck Drake and I for ascent to peak
Black Rock Pass add Frank Wesighan
Wayne Lundberg
and Bryan Nelson.
Date:October, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:North Black Rock Pass Peak
    Elevation:12172 ft / 3710 m

Ascent Trip Report

After back packing camp day 1 at at junction of Timber Gap Creek Trail and Cliff Creek Trail we began an ascent on Black Rock Pass. This is one of the hardest backpacking climbs I have ever completed since we were still early in our acclimation cycle (less than 20 hours leaving Florida)carrying 45 pound packs up 6,500 feet of vertical gain on a very steep swtichback that was grueling. One backpacker in party (Frank)developed horrible blisters the size of baseballs in his heels and was miserable for the rest of our trip and it ruined his backpacking experience for the rest of his trip(he has never returned to backpack with us...since)

Upon achieving the saddle, Drake and I dropped packs and scrambled the nearby peaks at over 12,000 feet and rock formations prior to backpacking back down to base camp 2 at site near Little Five Lakes. The ascent started the day before at Redwood Meadow Grove at around 5600 Ft. This national park is as beautiful as I have ever hiked in.

The descent down was to the lower saddle at 9830 (see TR for Sawtooth for details).

Gain info:

TH at Atwell - 6520 to first ridge line at 8520 = 2000
small saddle = 200
Redwood Meadow to Black Rock Pass 5000 to 11600 with packs then scramble to North BR Pass Peak at 12172 = 7172

Total Gain = 9372
Extra Gain = 7172-9372 = 2,200

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:9372 ft / 2856 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4542 ft / 1383 m
    Round-Trip Distance:19 mi / 30.6 km
    Grade/Class:class 1+ BP & 3 at p
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:9372 ft / 2856 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 7172 ft / 2186 m; Extra: 2200 ft / 670m
    Loss on way in:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:17 mi / 27.4 km
    Route:Cliff Creek Trail
    Start Trailhead:Backpacking trip began at Atwell Grove but ascent   5000 ft / 1524 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2342 ft / 713 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:down to little five lakes
    End Trailhead:9830 ft / 2996 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Sequoia NP Backpacking Trip (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Black Rock Pass Peak2004-10 a9372 ft / 2857 m
2North Sawtooth Peak2004-10 b2055 ft / 626 m
Total Trip Gain: 11427 ft / 3483 m    Total Trip Loss: 8606 ft / 2623 m

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