Monday, February 4, 2013
The peak lies off in front of us. Like many desert peaks, it looks almost benign. Don't let that fool you. Pahrump Point lies west of Pahrump, NV in the greater Death Valley area. While outside the park boundaries, it shares the same general eco system and characteristics of peaks found within the park, which lies a few miles further west. Stewart Point, Nopah High Point, Eagle Mountain, Brown Mountain, Pyramid Peak, and Corkscrew Peak (to name a few recently climbed peaks) are all peaks found on the Sierra Clubs Desert Peak Section list. This was to be my 17th peak on the 99 peak list.
Lorraine working her way up the wash amongst the boulders, brush and general difficulties of a desert climb.
Bones, dese bones.
The first ridge line, and a view to the distant valley below. We've come up over 3000' from our starting elevation.
The seemingly impossible summit block out ahead, many hundreds of feet up to go yet.
The famous window rock, pointing us towards the deadly chute to the summit ridge. Rocks as big as grapefruit are ready to fall and crack your head open if you're not careful. We took parallel routes up the chute to avoid that problem.
Lorraine nearing the summit.
Lorraine at the summit!
A quick view over the Chicago Valley, looking towards Stewart Point.
The summit register and bench mark.
The happy mountaineers!
Looking back towards the Chicago Valley and our starting point.
Our car many thousands of feet below!
Lorraine negotiating the many boulders of the canyon on the descent.
Closer to the bottom, the peak is in the middle of the frame.
Lorraine down climbing more of the difficult canyon.
Coming out of the canyon and back into open country.