Ascent of Rose Peak on 2017-07-07

Climber: William Inman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rose Peak
    Elevation:6292 ft / 1917 m

Ascent Trip Report

Got a little more than I bargained for this hike. First of all, I decided to do it in the early afternoon when it was 96 degrees, and also decided a single 24 oz. water bottle in my hip pocket would be sufficient. Good thing I drank quite a bit of water before leaving the house, on the 20 minute drive to the start point, and then again right before leaving the car.

Took the Virginia City "truck route" for 3.0 miles from it's start at the bottom of Silver City, then parked in a wide spot where a Jeep trail took off. It was a little too rough for my Hyundai Santa Fe, but a "real" 4x4 could have driven at least a mile towards the objective. At a fork just after the first ridge, I took what appeared to be the road straight ahead, which cost me a couple hundred feet of elevation I had to regain going up the next ridge, which was just north of Mt. Grosh. Had I taken a fork to the right, I could have maintained most of my elevation at the expense of a slightly increased distance.

Once at the saddle north of Mt. Grosh, I attempted to "sidehill" around towards Rose Peak and maintain elevation. Whenever there was a choice to go above or below an obstacle, I favored going above it, as the saddle between Grosh and Rose was a little higher than where I left the road. At one point, I decided to go down off a small rock outcrop and something happened so fast I'm not even sure what it was, but I went down, and head first. Tucking my arms in and twisting slightly, I landed on my left side, upper arm guarding my ribcage, ending up head down in these rocks. That was a bit of physical abuse I could have done without! But actually, nothing got damaged - my phone, watch, trekking poles, glasses - even my clothes survived without being broken or torn. Couldn't say the same for all my skin, but at least that will grow back in short order. Lost a pen and pencil out of my pocket (I discovered later) but that seemed to be all. So I continued my journey, still opting to go "up" when there was a choice until breaking out near the top of some small cliff-like rocks and realizing I was WAY too high. Had to drop down a couple hundred feet into the saddle before being able to finally start up the west side of Rose.

This was STEEP and with very little shade, as the trees had thinned out considerably. Finally needing a "sit down break", I realized I only had about two mouthfuls of water left in my bottle, and wasn't even to the summit, yet! I had a small Gatorade in my fanny pack, so I knew that could add slightly to the hydration effort. After that break, I started up again, and after a couple hundred feet, and without warning, there was the summit! Unlike most hills that start rounding off towards the top, this one reached it abruptly. That was a nice surprise! There was even a summit register in a box with an emergency bottle of water, but I decided I wasn't desperate enough to need to take it. As always, the views were magnificent, so after a few pictures, I headed back.

The return trip went quite a bit faster, as I avoided the mistakes from the ascent. Didn't get tangled up on the steep northern slope of Grosh, but rather allowed my elevation to drop whenever there was a choice, reaching the road, but having to climb back up a bit. That still seemed easy in comparison! Then at the fork, I took the one that maintained more elevation, which also helped. And no more falls! Once I was down to one mouthful of water remaining, I switched over to the Gatorade, which was 3 mouthfuls worth. After 2 of those, I finished off the rest of my water, and actually made it back to the car before it was time to have the third and last of the Gatorade. (my schedule was a mouthful, as full as I could get it, every 15 minutes, but in that heat, I suspect it still wasn't really enough). If I'd had enough water, I would have kept drinking it on that schedule and ADDED the Gatorade, rather than substituting it.

Anyway, it was 3 miles and over 2 1/2 hours, but I sure got in a nice little workout that was much needed!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:492 ft / 149 m
    Total Elevation Loss:492 ft / 149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1 and 2
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Clear hot summer day 96 degrees
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:.... jeep trails and x-country
    Start Trailhead:Virginia City "truck route":  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:x-country and jeep trails
    End Trailhead:same as start  5800 ft / 1767 m
    Time:1 Hours 0 Minutes

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