Mount Grafton (NV) Climber's Log
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|Redwic||Boneheaded, All Around |
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2012
|Kids... Don't try this type of jaunt at home, or on your peakbagging trips: This is a great example of trying to squeeze way too much into a peakbagging day/weekend.|
After summiting Kings Peak in a single-day ascent the previous day, I drove west to do Wheeler Peak first-thing the following morning. That went so well, and I was so close (relatively speaking) to Mount Grafton that I wanted to get that CoHP taken care of during the same day. Boneheaded!!!
It wasn't bad enough that my legs were already aching and I had little sleep under my belt, but having a non-high-clearance rental car forced me to hike from the highway near Geyser Ranch. This greatly changed the route from 4-6 miles roundtrip to nearly 13 miles roundtrip (including summit). I kept passing each seemingly ridiculous "true" location of the CoHP on the south ridge, neglecting to sign any of the registers because I figured I would do so on my descent. Boneheaded!!!
By the time I reached the summit, my body was worn-out, my legs were cramping up, and I was exhausted. As soon as I got to the summit, let out a few short exclamations like "Hallelujah!" or "Finally!" or some expletive-deleted type. I was wincing in pain and out of Ibuprofen, so I quickly headed back down, sometimes feeling delirious... forgetting that I had not signed any of the multiple registers during my ascent. Boneheaded!!!
When I got back to the car, I downed some Ibuprofen tablets, ate a banana, and drank several bottles of Wal-Mart's generic Gatorade-like sports drink. I then drove in the middle of the night for approximately four hours to the trailhead for Mount Nebo... dodging deer and cows(!!!) along the way. But, unfortunately, one poor desert skunk did not make it... a moment of silence, please... thank you.
This weekend would be full of all of the classic elements of a solo out-of-state Redwic peakbagging trip: Long drives, long hikes, little sleep.
|Posted Jul 31, 2012 10:22 am|
|Bob Burd||From US95 |
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2010
|Hiked from the pavement, not so bad or hard. Mainly went to the county highpoint, but tagged Grafton's summit as well. With Adam Jantz. Trip Report|
|Posted Aug 29, 2010 3:09 pm|
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2010
|one of my tougher hikes. don't know if it was from hiking other peaks prior, heat, running out of water, cacti, or shrubs. i know wah wah. my route made it a long hike, but still enjoyable. several cairns and registers along liner. lots of recognizable names. my gps went out so i ended up running all along and back and forth to make sure i hit it eventually. while another wonderful nevada hike, i don't plan on having this on my list of do agains.|
|Posted Aug 5, 2010 8:40 pm|
|MoapaPk||Snow and water |
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2010
|Was quite surprised to see Bob Burd's signature in the register. Descended 1000' on snow because it was better than the slick quartzite talus. On top by ~7:30AM.|
|Posted Jun 25, 2010 12:40 am|
|SageHawk||Robbers Roost |
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009
|Climbed from Robber's Roost Basin, a hike which turned out to be much longer than expected due to the recent wilderness closure. Distance to peak is at least 6 miles from the point of closure. A pleasant hike on the quickly fading remains of an old 4-wheel drive road that ends at the NW base of the peak. It's mostly bushwacking from there to the summit. I spooked quite a few Elk as I climbed through the deep forest on this peak.|
|Posted Aug 25, 2009 5:59 am|
|Brian Kalet||Geyser Ranch route |
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008
|Lincoln County HP & Mount Grafton from new Wilderness Boundary, 8h roundtrip.|
|Posted Jun 22, 2008 2:18 am|
|buzzdainer||Geyser Ranch/Mill Creek |
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2008
|We drove in on the Geyser Ranch route but were surprised to find that after about two miles of driving, the rest of the road was closed because the area has been recently designated as wilderness. We backpacked in to the mine ruins near Mill Creek and then climbed to the Lincoln County highpoint the following day. Route-finding was straightforward and there was good water in Mill Creek. Deep snow made our progress excruciatingly slow, even in snowshoes.|
|Posted Mar 28, 2008 1:35 pm|
|surgent||Route Climbed: Geyser Creek - Mill Creek Date Climbed: June 25, 2005|
|Our team of three - me, Bill Jacobs and Rick Hartman - had a successful day visiting Grafton Peak's summit and the subpeaks along its ridge. Tiring but exhilirating!|
|Posted Jun 29, 2005 2:45 pm|
|Dennis Poulin||Route Climbed: North Canyon Date Climbed: 7 October 2004|
|I climbed with Dean to the summit of Grafton and then along the ridge to the County High Point of Lincoln County. Lots of Elevation Gain on this one, enough to blow your knees out. We took our time climbing and descending on lots of talus.|
|Posted Oct 11, 2004 4:47 pm|
|Dean||Route Climbed: North Creek route Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2004|
|Dennis Poulin and myself tackled the cross country route to the summit and then added the LIncoln county highpoint to our efforts in order to accomplish our goals. The HP is one mile to the south and took us an extra hour to find. |
A tough cross country but using GPS co-ordinates for both the summit and the HP, not difficult. The talus and undergrowth was trying at times and I injured my knee on the descent near the 10,000 foot level which made the remainder of the descent very nasty. I ended up heading home but Dennis went on to get the final two counties he needed to finish all of Nevada's county highpoints, a notable accomplishment.
|Posted Oct 10, 2004 10:07 am|