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Morey higher peak? (Hot Creek Range, NV)

Postby MoapaPk » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:52 pm

I've been up the official Morey benchmark twice, and also up that peak ~0.25 miles to the NE. I recall reading (from Pete Y) that the NE peak is actually a bit higher.

Anyone know how the other peak was determined to be higher? Did someone use a sighting level?

I'm writing up the routes for Morey.
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Postby MoapaPk » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:52 pm

OK, I saw "Yamagata" in the register, but I now realize it was written by someone else, who had just finished the "Yamagata Nevada Peaks" list on the summit.

From the latest USGS 24k map, the last closed contour on each peak is 10240', and the closed contours are about the same size (area) on each summit. The benchmarked peak is 10246' on the same USGS map. I speculate there is not more than 5' difference between them, as both are sort of domical near the top. Each looks higher than the other when you are on top!

The NV SC is highly varied. Many announced hikes are very sedate, but some folks get away with official SC hikes that (e.g.) take the Big Falls route to Charleston, which is anything but sedate.
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Postby MoapaPk » Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:46 am

It's on other lists, e.g.
http://www.peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=50560

The Lichen Peaks to the SE of Morey look like the real prize, but it will take a special trip to get there. It's a pleasant wild area, but the you have to be in the right mood for a long high-altitude walk through open meadows.
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Postby MoapaPk » Fri Nov 27, 2009 8:28 pm

Morey Peak Page

My two trips had bad photography conditions (thick smoke, rain), and I've always driven by the SE side at night, else I would have photos of that face. Maybe I can convince a friend to try the tough-looking canyons east of the Lichen Peaks.

I've had friends who hated this trip, but more who liked it. The NE access gets you to a long, easy hike with a minimum of rough travel. Though even that is best with a modest clearance AWD or 4WD vehicle. If I could find a way in from the SE, the vehicle requirements would be far less.
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Postby MoapaPk » Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:06 pm

1000Pks wrote:That's excellent work doing that page. I'd rather view more pix and even some register pages, so not the 10/10. Maybe one day, for me. Thanks!


Difference in philosophy; I'd rather show maps and give detailed instructions. Register photos don't do much to guide people.

But I just noticed that your first mountain page had very few pictures and none of trail registers, so I voted it 8/10 just as you did; just trying to be consistent with your philosophy.

Come to think of it, I don't see many pictures, especially of trail registers in your contributions, so I guess they all deserve 8/10 or less.
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