Ascent to Sheep Hole Mountains High Point-Base of Summit Block on 2017-03-29

Climber: robert kunc

Others in Party:robert kunc -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Point Reached:Sheep Hole Mountains High Point - Base of Summit Block
    Elevation:4591 ft / 1399 m
    Remaining Elevation:22 ft / 7 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Solo trip originally to Old Woman Mountains HP, but since old route 66 was blocked off on both ends of Danby (apparently I'm too reliant on google maps), I headed to Sheep Hole HP instead. Went up the west draw from the wash, which is explained in other trip reports on here. Made it all the way to the summit block, but since I was alone, I could not find a comfortable way up the last 20 feet to the register. Routefinding was terrible, and since the terrain was pretty rough, it took me around 4 hours up without any ducks to help.

Going up was lots of loose crumbly rock and catclaw. Did not see any ducks on the way up, but did see a couple of aggressive young rattlesnakes. Spent around half an hour trying to find a way up the summit block, but with no luck. The way down I came across some ducks that took a more northern side of the canyon route back, and it was much nicer than the way up. I would suggest trying to find the ducks slightly to the north of the GPS tracks that follow the middle of the washes on peakbagger. Also, a lot of reports say easy class 2 most of the way, but I used my hands and climbed quite a bit more than I thought I would have. The last couple of traverses to the peak are very boulder heavy and I had nobody to bounce ideas off of, so I just plowed ahead on my first ideas, which were mostly class 3. After doing more research when I got home, apparently there are a couple tunnels to the summit that make the summit block easy class 3, but I didn't find them.

Overall the trip was very rough, with unstable steep gullies and giant boulders to hop around and over. I turned off Amboy road on a flagged side road south of the radio tower and drove into the wash to spend the night. There are other roads I found the next day that stay higher, out of the wash, but still south of the radio tower. Overall, it is all a wash where you park and sleep (ha!).
Summary Total Data
    Route:West DPS route
    Trailhead:Wash on west side of peak  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2/3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes

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