Ascent of Iron Mountain on 2017-11-11
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, November 11, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||5040 ft / 1536 m|
Ascent Trip Report(continued from Round Top TR)
The traverse to the final peak, Iron Mountain #3, was a bit more interesting, especially because I was really starting to run out of daylight now. Most of it was along a use trail that wasn't difficult to follow, but surrounded by competing sets of footprints which made losing "the trail" easy. Fortunately, daylight's last gasps afforded me some decent views of where I was heading, and some really beautifully lit scenery. I reached Iron's summit at around 5p, and hastily signed the register, eager to reach my car, or at least an easy-to-follow dirt road before things got too dark.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to the car nor the dirt trail before my headlamp became necessary. Not able to see too far ahead anymore, I followed my GPS and footprints. At a few points I found myself off the GPX track in some steep, loose, brushy terrain. I slipped and scratched myself several times, and contemplated how bad waiting for daylight would be. Regaining composure, I remembered that I was fewer than two miles from the trailhead, and even closer to easy-to-follow dirt roads. The sight of campfires at Monte Cristo strengthened my resolve, and I was soon back on track. I made it to the trailhead just after 6:30p, invigorated by the adventure, but even more relieved to be back safely. Lesson learned: aiming for sunset photography isn't always a good idea.
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| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack|
|Ascent Part of Trip: 11/11/17|
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|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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Peaks: climbed and unclimbed by Garrett McLean
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