Ascent of Kettle Benchmark on 2017-10-08

Climber: Andrew Kirmse

Date:Sunday, October 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Kettle Benchmark
    Elevation:7840 ft / 2389 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed Dan Baxter’s directions, and in retrospect I drove a little too far, even with my 4WD Forester. The last road is very rocky and I bottomed out once. We saw a much larger truck drive the road even higher, so it can be done. We walked the last half mile.

The wind was fierce, probably 25 mph and gusty, and since it was already 40 degrees out, we were quite cold. There is new-looking communications equipment at the top that seems to have replaced any remnants of a lookout that was once here. We found the benchmark inside a painted circle and spray-painted silver.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:222 ft / 67 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Very Windy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:222 ft / 67 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Start Trailhead:7618 ft / 2321 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Andrew Kirmse
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