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Ascent of Cold Benchmark on 2017-07-22

Climber: Danny Smith

Others in Party:Kim Smith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cold Benchmark
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11040 ft / 3364 m

Ascent Trip Report

Just past the turn off for Schulman Grove, the pavement ends on White Mountain Road, another 3/4 of a mile on White Mountain Road there is a dirt parking area with enough room for about 4 cars. It is right at the base of Cold Benchmark/Clem Nelson Peak, and the saddle between Cold and Discovery Peak is just a bit to the southeast, This is a good spot to start up these two peaks. We started up just to the right of the parking spot and a bit north of the saddle, this gave us a nice steep line up to the ridge. Not too steep but enough to get the heart pumping. Then up the ridge we went and it was kinda fun, a bit of an easy scramble and the views kept getting better. The summit is really neat, great 360 degree view. The main benchmark had some small rocks that were covered with ladybugs and they were getting ready to buzz out. There is a nice summit register in a white ammo can. After enjoying the view and taking a few pics we dropped back down the ridge and over to the saddle and up to Discovery Peak. After Discovery Peak we dropped down the same line to the saddle and down the west slope to the parking spot. This is a really nice summit with great views. Another beautiful day on a summit with Kim.
Summary Total Data
    Route:West Slope
    Trailhead:White Mountain Road  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Danny Smith
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