NEW YORK MOUNTAINS
LVMC AWARD WINNERS & CHRISTMAS PARTY 2008
Congratulations to the winners of LVMC’s annual awards, handed out at the Club’s Christmas Party on December 5th.
Most Improved: Annalisa Helm – over the last year, Annalisa has made great strides on the rock. Her peers have recognized her for safely pushing herself and growing noticeably as a climber. Well done, Annalisa!
50 Peaks: Ali Haghi & Harlan Stockman – some of them are straightforward and tame and others are remote and treacherous. Congrats to Ali and Harlan, who both successfully conquered them all!
Service: Amy Brewster – she’s just one of those people you can always count on. Amy keeps our website up and running and leads some great trips each year. This is not the first time she has won this award, and she always deserves it. Thanks for all your hard work, Amy!
Training: Chris Ransel – we are so fortunate to have someone as willing to share his knowledge and skills in the outdoors. Every year he comes through with some great training classes. We truly appreciate you, Chris!
Stout: John "SNAFU" Mueller – the Lee Stout is the club’s
most prestigious award. It is presented to the person who exhibits continued
leadership and strength in the outdoors and embodies the spirit of the
club. Snafu does all that and more. We are so fortunate to have him in
our club. Snafu, you rock!!!
Photos courtesy of Chris Meyer and Paul Des Roches
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On November 1, 2008, nine LVMC members climbed Windy Peak. The peak is located at the southern end of the Red Rock Canyons, and the trailhead is accessed via a string of dirt roads off State Route 160. It is a sandstone peak similar to other Red Rock peaks, and is bordered by Windy Canyon to the south and Mud Springs Canyon to the north. The summit elevation is just over 6000’.
Our group of nine included Richard Baugh, Doug Foust, Harlan Stockman, Joel Brewster, Chris Meyer, Stan Shebs, Doug Hladky, Lori Curry, and Tomaz Woloszyn. We met at the new BLM parking lot (where the mountain bikers park) off 160, piled into several of the high clearance 4wd vehicles, and drove to the trailhead.
There is a faint trail across the desert leading into Windy Canyon, and we did a good job of staying on that trail. The first obstacle was crossing the main drainage through the dense bushes and other growth fed by the natural spring nearby. We found the crossing easily and headed up switchbacks to the area known as the "football field". The group took a short break there, and then we headed up to the sandstone slabs. Throughout most of this section, we could all see the magnificent cliffs of the south side of Windy Peak. This is the home to several classic long rock climbs first ascended in the 1970's: Jubilant Song, Hot Fudge Thursday, Saint Stephen, and Windy Corner. We brought a rock climbing guidebook, and were able to identify the lines of these routes.
The sandstone slabs follow the south face closely, and we soon arrived at a small saddle where the route meanders around the southwest side of the peak, occasionally dropping away from the steep walls. Soon, we were ascending more sandstone to the summit. We had a long break on the summit in great weather, and descended our ascent route where we encountered several bighorn sheep. Chris Meyer’s GPS record of the trip showed that the ascent was about 2000’ and the trip was about 4 miles and 4.5 hours.
NEW YORK MOUNTAINS
At 7:10 am on November 15, 2008, seven humans and two dogs met at Silverton Casino in Henderson, with the goal of exploring one of the many Mojave surprises – The New York Mountains. It took us a mere 1.5 hours to caravan down, mostly on good roads, to the “trailhead” at 5300’ in Keystone Canyon. We fumbled around for a few minutes, noting that the temperature was in the 50's, and that the forecast for wind was pretty accurate.
The hike starts easily enough, then throws out successively harder challenges. The first miles are over a decrepit, but mainly pleasant old mine road (sometimes indistinguishable from a stream bed), till the first abandoned copper mine. From there the route becomes a class 2 scramble - first to another mine shaft, then to the saddle. Next one travels over a surprisingly rugged ridge, past the lumpy summit of “New York One,” to the real jewel – the craggy granite summit of New York Two.
The summit “block” (and that term doesn’t seem quite right) is just about 150’ higher than the ridgeline, and is probably just 10-15 minutes of climbing. But this is the real fun of the trip, and the prominence is high enough to provide some really good views. If you follow the most direct path, the climbing is tough class 3; the rock is very stable compared to Red Rock, but is disturbingly featureless in places, and is covered with a tough gray-green lichen in some of the steepest stretches. First one climbs a steep chute, and then traverses left to a narrow slot, and then climbs an impossibly steep-looking crack to the very top. The view south to the Providence Mountains is ethereal and rugged, over fantastically sculpted granite.
We had one slight complication; we had two dogs, Dazey and Banjo, brought by Josh and Kim. Even though Josh’s dog Dazey has conquered the likes of Muddy Peak, we thought the slick granite, with so many deep cracks, might not be to her liking. So we adopted a tag team approach. First Josh accompanied us to the peak top, to witness a strong, cold wind and great views. (Every trip that I’ve taken to this summit was cold and windy; yet at just 7533’, this hike must be Hades in July.) Then we returned to the dogs, Josh took over watch duty, and I showed Kim the route. She was gleeful at a chance to exercise skills that had lain dormant during 2.5 years of motherhood. Chris had waited on top, just to take our picture.
Panorama south from the summit
The descent was fun, even though I’m not usually fond of retracing my steps. By now the wind was dying down, so we actually took some time to eat lunch and enjoy the sun. Then we started again, and marveled with each tricky set of ledges; and the dogs would invariably negotiate each ledge several times, back and forth, at a run. Supposedly, we had to get back to the cars by 3 pm to keep evening appointments; but we were all awash in the lazy warm glow of a pleasant day and a goal attained. We finally descended back into the desert, and drove out over two miles of bumpy roads, then headed back north as the sun sank low in the sky.
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