Ascent of Boundary Peak on 2014-05-18

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boundary Peak
    Elevation:13140 ft / 4005 m

Ascent Trip Report

I departed the house at 12 noon on Saturday with Lola, my dog. I drove up US 95 to Tonopah, where I filled the fuel tank and then I drove NV 6 to 773 and then the long dirt road to the trail head. The long dirt road was rough and shook my truck a lot. Toward the end of the road, closer to the TH, the brush has crept in; leaving very distinct desert pin stripes all down the sides of the truck.

I arrived at the TH around 5:30 PM and was the only person there. I don’t like just sitting around so I locked up the truck and took Lola for a quick scouting hike. I ended up hiking all the way to where the trail turns left and starts to climb toward the scree field path. I was back at the truck at 7:00 PM, ate dinner, drank a couple beers and when it got dark I tried to sleep in the truck. The sleeping was awful. I woke up at 6:00 AM just as the sun was rising. I looked around and was still the only person there. I ate breakfast and loaded up the packs at started the hike at 6:15 AM.

Once I was hiking up the steep part of the trail, I tried a mix of options: climbing the user trail (very sandy and bad traction, kick stepping into the snow covered area (pretty good, but occasionally I would go thigh deep) and following a direct straight up line searching out solid stones to step on. I liked the third option the best, but it was still very slow.

The exertion up the steep scree combined with the altitude wore me out. My legs were cramping about 1,000 feet below the summit making the last push just a little bit harder. Once on the summit I took some pictures. The Sierra Nevada range was snot covered and made a great backdrop for photos. I looked across to Montgomery Peak and because of the cramping legs decided to save it for another attempt. Lola and I departed the summit at 11:00 AM and worked our way east to the steep center scree path. The upper part of the scree field was covered in snow so I glissade about ½ way down and the other half I slid on my butt like a sled. Sliding 20 mph down hill sure cuts off a lot of time! The snow was wet so I was soaked, but as I was descending I knew it would get warmer and I had a change of clothes at the truck. We were back at the truck around 1:00 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground

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