Ascent of Tiptop on 2017-08-02

Climber: John Morrow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:4760 ft / 1450 m

Ascent Trip Report

This route I believe is far superior to the standard steep, hot and brushy Ruby Creek south ridge route. This route is accessed on excellent gravel road 2.6 miles from the end of pavement on the Camas Road. It basically ascends a fine ridge line: first the east ridge, to northeast ridge, finishing on the spiral access road to the radio towers. It is pleasant open walking under big pines and across interesting sandstone formations to a final lightly brushy rib to the road. In May it would be ariot of balsamroot and lupine. I chose the hottest, smokiest day of the summer thus far, but why waste a real good ascent elsewhere with such poor visibility and uncomfortable heat? The summit was an uninspiring combo of graffiti, knapweed, and ugly radio structures in the gloom of dense smoke from BC fires.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 1 open country
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Route:East Ridge to NE Ridge
Descent Statistics

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