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Ascent of Peak 4879 on 2017-03-25

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Saturday, March 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 4879
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:4879 ft / 1487 m

Ascent Trip Report

I returned a week after discovering that we may have missed the highpoint of this mesa-peak last week. It bugged me enough to come back for a re-do. Anyway, I took no chances. I ascended directly upslope to put me near the east rim of the mesa. I then walked to the eastern-most point, then systematically walked westward atop the mesa, stepping on or tagging every single rockpile that looked like a "highpoint".

Any potential highest points are either along the north rim, or within about 50 feet of the rim. There are no odd "spires" or piles farther from the rim. Everything slopes down to the south. There are two rock promontories along the north rim that may be equally high. Last week, we got to the western of the two. I found a man-made rockpile about 3 feet high at the eastern rimpoint that may be where the surveyors located the spot elevation shown on the map, bu there were no brass disks or other hints of past activity.

I cannot say which rock pile is the highpoint. I brute-forced this peak by hitting them all, leaving nothing to chance.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:North slopes
    Start Trailhead:4479 ft / 1365 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:west saddle & road



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