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A Climb of Hole in the Mountain Peak, Nevada
Timestamp Free: 2020.04.05 - 15:52:00
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges / Humboldt Range
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 1200m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 2: Off trail hiking and scrambling
Climbing Hole in the Mountain Peak and taversing 2 lesser peaks on the ridge.
After climbing Greys Peak in the morning I drove the short distance to the trail that runs along the east side of the range. There was no trailhead parking. It starts at a switchback and I parked a little above it on a wider shoulder. A short two hours, with the trail already in evening shadows, brought me to Winchell Lake where I camped. There is little water elsewhere on the dry hillside. [photo]img249.jpg[caption]The rock towers on the ridge SW of Winchell Lake[/photo]

The next morning I went up the ridge on the south side of the lake to the base of some rock towers where I began traversing south west below them to the divide. I followed it hiking and scrambling over a 3150m and 3200m peak and up the final boulder field to Hole in the Mountain Peak. It was a pleasant walk with little wind and less snow than further north. Also there was no sign of freezing rain, it must have been limited in area too. [photo]img250.jpg[caption] Hole in the Mountain Peak from peak 3150[/photo]

[photo]img251.jpg[caption]Not the Hole in the Mountain but a smaller one just north of the summit[/photo]

  The Hole in the Mountain is a few 100m south of the peak and more than 100m lower. It might have been a difficult down climb, but I didn't have enough time to go down there anyway because I had planned to spend only one night. So I returned to my camp on the same route except for bypassing the 3200m peak. I reached the car in the late afternoon. Driving south to Ely I could see the hole clearly near the crest of the range, silhouetted against the evening...

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