One of the better additions I've seen lately here at summitpost. This has a lot of useful information that will aid those of us who would like to ascend Currant Mtn. Thanks for putting this together.
Many people say I'm too analytical. Can't help myself!
Really, it's one of the neatest mountains in NV. When we were there, the register showed visits ~1 year apart... then within 2 weeks, Gerry Roach was there! Go figure.
I summited 7/13/13. Couple observations:
-I (mostly) followed Gerry Roach’s description up SE route. I do believe it’s the easiest route, but even so, this is a tough climb. LOTS of talus/scree on steep pitches. Way, way harder than nearby similar-height peaks (N. Schell, Moriah, Wheeler, Ibapah, Haystack…)
-I think the best, easiest and safest route up the final SE face of the peak is a variant of MoapaPk’s “magenta” route. Follow the solid rock path up as described. When you get to the class 3 (seems like 4?) downclimb, turn around, descend 25 ft on the steep ramp you just climbed to a bristlecone “bush” on your (descender's) left. Turn left almost 180 degrees in front of the bush, step easily to ground below rock outcrop. Re-climb 25 feet, bypassing the downclimb on climber’s right. Continue easily to summit.
-There was no register on the peak. I searched and searched. Bring a new one if you go.
Class 3, tops, for most people. I've mentioned a total class 2 bypass for people who don't like scrambling. It gets worse for the traverse to Duckwater. But I've added you comment to the text.