This is a pretty remote summit, the highest peak in White Pine Range. From the distance, the limestone walls look really impressive. Of the 4,000' elevation gain, there are about 3,500' of ever steepening scree slopes and rubble and about 500' of reasonable scrambling. The walls are fairly low angle and not worth exploring. A long and tiring trip for us.
I didn't make the summit, but I got to photograph Currant from high up at sunrise, which was my primary goal. We ascended from the saddle on the jeep road up the west ridge of Point 11,154, and camped on a nice little balcony about 100 feet below the high point in the bristlecones. The next morning we traversed some talus west of Point 11,413, then climbed up to the ridge. I scrambled some fun catwalk sections to the north, but got stopped by a big notch somewhere north of the summit. The terrain was pushing my partner's tolerance, so we called it good and went down the way we came up. I'll have to give it another shot someday, but it was a fun and beautiful time up on Currant's crest!
Awesome area, great hike. Did this one with my dad (Jeff Grant) and Donovan Lynch. The views of Currant are quite dramatic once you gain the ridge. Fun ridge hike to the top. Also did Peak 11,360 on the hike out.
Afternoon thing-to-do on the way across Nevada. I half-planned to do the Currant-Duckwater loop as described on this site, but ended up having a tricky climb up the N/NE ridge in the snow, then down the wrong chute back to the trailhead. Trip report.
On Monday, Dennis and I started up but after 2000 feet, I had a "bad" stomach and we turned around. The heat was bad early in the morning and I either had the 24hour stomach flu or it was heat induced. The next day, we tried again and made our way up to the summit where we found a witness marker but no register. We didn't stay long because we were nervous about some storm clouds to the south. A hard one for me but so glad Dennis was willing to try with me the next day.
We ascended up a drainage to a notch on the false summit ridge, traversed across a steep and loose slope to the summit ridge, and finished the climb up class 2 to class 3 rock. No register was found. Thunderstorms were active in the area, so we called it good and put off White Pine Peak to a later day. I ascended Duckwater solo on the following day by going up the northernmost drainage after hiking on the 4x4 road for a couple of miles. The drainage was choked with brush and avalanche debris, so after awhile I gained a steep (example: more than 800' of gain in the last two tenths of a mile)ridge line and followed it to the summit. A register was found, but only the names of the LVMC members who climbed it the day before were in it. (We were supposed to meet up and climb together, but got our wires crossed and climbed the two peaks on opposite days!)
Toughest and probably most isolated peak I have climbed. I followed a dry wash west to the very steep face south of Currant, then north along the ridge. It felt wonderful to reach this summit.
With DB after bagging 'Eagle Feather Peak' (Peak 11,300+) via its east gully-upper east ridge.
Made my way along ridgeline from the North over tricky sub-summit, to Currant Mountain, and along South to some further highpoints before making the nasty descent back toward the car.
Very few names in the register -- maybe 1/yr. We saw deer/elk bounding down the west side of Currant, far below the cliffs. There may be a way to cross Currant N to Duckwater; we descended to 11100' on the miserable talus and headed N.