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Ascent of Swords Park High Point on 2016-08-11

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Swords Park High Point
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:3503 ft / 1067 m

Ascent Trip Report

Technically, the peak bumps in the park that people hike up or climb up are not the highest ground in the public park as the bike trail heads east towards the airport property and so the highest spot in the park is further along the ridge. SO you can climb the wall to the west and "peakbag" the humps or continue on and "highpoint" the public lands before returning to the car. Being both anal retentive and an exercise junkie on hiking/backpacking trips, I elected to do both before heading to the airport to fly out. Being from flat FL, any hike along cliff edges with views no matter how urbanized they are is a worth while change of pace for me.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:293 ft / 89 m
    Total Elevation Loss:488 ft / 148 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant
80F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:128 ft / 39 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:bike trail to hike trail to herd trail to bike tra
    Start Trailhead:saddle  3375 ft / 1028 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:488 ft / 148 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 323 ft / 98 m; Extra: 165 ft / 50m
    Gain on way out:165 ft / 50 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:meandering dirt bike and herd trails along ledges
    End Trailhead:parking lot  3180 ft / 969 m
Ascent Part of Trip: rimrocks

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1East Rimrocks Skeleton Peak2016-08-11 b305 ft / 93 m
2Swords Park High Point2016-08-11 c293 ft / 89 m
Total Trip Gain: 598 ft / 182 m    Total Trip Loss: 598 ft / 183 m



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