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Ascent to Gearhart Mountain-Palisade Rocks on 2016-09-04

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Lance H
Alyssa C
Lydia W
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 4, 2016
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Gearhart Mountain - Palisade Rocks
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:6650 ft / 2026 m

Ascent Trip Report

After seeing the little wonderland of the Pinnacles on the hike up Gearhart Mtn the previous day, we decided that we wanted to come back and do some scrambling/climbing. Since it was less than a mile from the TH, we had planned to returned in the morning before departing, but a short rain at 7am dissuaded us.

We went down and tagged Cougar Peak first, then returned to our camp at the TH for a few hours of scrambling before dark. I climbed a half-dozen pillars of varying height, including two pretty tall ones that were into the easy fifth-class territory. An incredible crack on the second would be an incredible trad-lead (~5.8?) if it weren't for all of the swallows nesting in it.

I hope to make it back here with a few days to climb these; it'd be a blast!

35#NF60,K,R3
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:530 ft / 161 m
    Total Elevation Loss:530 ft / 160 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4 to 5.6
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:530 ft / 161 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 330 ft / 100 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Gearhart TH  6320 ft / 1926 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:330 ft / 100 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:Gearhart TH  6320 ft / 1926 m



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