Ascent of Charleston Peak on 2018-06-24

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Andrew P
Sawyer C
Date:Sunday, June 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Charleston Peak
    Elevation:11916 ft / 3631 m

Ascent Trip Report

A fun ascent of Charleston Peak, only my second, and my first since 2011. Joining me was my friend Andrew, who I had last hiked with on my horrible Cirque Peak hike in mid-2014. Andrew was in good shape, and itching to get back into the mountains after being stuck at home being a new dad for months. We had a smooth ascent up the South Loop Trail, holding about 25 min/mile even up the steepest parts and kept on rolling toward the summit. The elevation near the scree-covered summit started to get Andrew a bit here, but he hung in, even hammering up the last 50 yards or so.

After the photos on top, and marveling at the Vegas Golden Knights flag on the summit (which seems to have been the handiwork of my friend Kevin Humes the week before per the local newspaper), we headed back down. Accompanying us was a young guy named Sawyer, who had brought a huge pack full of water as a training exercise for Mount Rainier the next weekend. The conversation was good, and the miles blew by, though Andrew's feet began to notice them toward the end.

This was a fun hike, and it was great to hang out with Andrew again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5097 ft / 1552 m
    Extra Gain:416 ft / 126 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.2 mi / 27.7 km
    Route:South Loop Trail
    Trailhead:South Loop Trailhead  7651 ft / 2332 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Sunny with occasional breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 37 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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