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Ascent of McCurdy Mountain on 2009-06-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Friday, June 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McCurdy Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12168 ft / 3708 m

Ascent Trip Report

Side trip - day hike off of the Lost Creek Wilderness Backpaking trip (see Bison Peak Report) for details. This mountain is made from a soft mineral granitic material that is substanially a pink feldspar. As such it weather readily leaving huge crystals of pink feldspar in a very granular texture. This mountain is eroded to a point it looks like a series of hoodoos and rows and columns of weathered ridges. Path finding was a bit confusing as you could not ever quite tell when you reached the correct peak and there are not trails or even minor trails. Not climbed nearly as often as Bison Peak which has better views and a true peak. Was still worth a nice side journey if one has time along the main trail. bout a mile up with all the switchbacks needed to overcome the steep grassy ravines in between the hoodoos and columns.

Distance to summit from main trail was 1 mile and EL gain was 11,539 to 12,168 or 729 feet but the full net gain was from the Twin Eagles TH the day before
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3568 ft / 1087 m
    Total Elevation Loss:768 ft / 234 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Grade/Class:class 1, 2+, 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3568 ft / 1087 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:S face off Brookside-Mc Curdy Tr.
    Start Trailhead:Ute Creek then Twin Eagles  8600 ft / 2621 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:768 ft / 234 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:same as ascent
    End Trailhead:11400 ft / 3474 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Bison Peak (Lost Creek Wilderness)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1McCurdy Mountain2009-06-05 a3568 ft / 1088 m
2Bison Peak2009-06-06 b1760 ft / 536 m
Total Trip Gain: 5328 ft / 1624 m    Total Trip Loss: 5328 ft / 1624 m



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