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Ascent of Anthony Peak on 2018-06-02

Climber: Joe Merlone

Date:Saturday, June 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Anthony Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:6954 ft / 2119 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summited, but not without "difficulty". Drove up from Sacramento in the suburb with the plan to do Anthony and Black Butte Sat, and drive down and do Snow Mountain Sunday. Drive out to Anthony seemed pretty uneventful, the roads were in relatively good shape. Stopped at the bottom of M4, smelled a little burning smell, thought I was probably riding the brakes too much. Continued up the summit road, steepness increased and road deteriorated. AWD surburu was doing well on the road, but in sight of the summit firepower there was a deep rut/washout on a steep slope so decided to stop there. As I turn off the car I see smoke coming from the hood. Shit. pop the hood, and find some fluid is leaking onto the exhaust, but I can't tell from where. No fluids are low. Then I realize it is the grease/oil from front universal joint. Decide to hike to summit and let everything cool and come back and reassess situation.

Peak was awesome, great views in all directions, a few wildflowers in the valleys. Got a glimpse of snow covered Lassen just above the ridge. Tower is closed, no one manning it at this time. Hightailed it back to car. The boot looks like a slow leak so decide to drive down on it (not many other options, 20mi down dirt road with no cell reception). Drive back to FH7, check the boot: huge hole torn in it and most of grease leaked out now. Decide to keep driving, figured I get to somewhere with cell reception back on tarmac and get a tow. Car drives great all the way down to Willows. Okay. Decide to keep pushing it back to Sac, made it all the way home. Although, it looked like a serious risk of fire with all the grease covering the hot exhaust. Had to abandon plans for the weekend, but still got a summit! Car damage TBD.
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike



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