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February 2011
Volume 17, Issue 2

MEADOW VALLEY RANGE HP (CATHEDRAL PEAK) &
ARROW CANYON RANGE HP (BIG ARROW PEAK):
Two Trips to a Beautiful, Remote Area NE of Las Vegas


The group sets out across the bajada towards the Meadow Valley Mountains.

 


This is the plane crash site. Note the the whitish section of the rock where the impact was.

 


Interesting rock formations along the ridge

 


The group hiking up toward the Meadow Valley Mountains

 


Richard with Cathedral Peak in the background

 


We approach the summit tower on Cathedral Peak.

 


Eric posing with peak 5677 (JJ Freakel Peak)

 


Jeff passes up his pack to Luba at the top of the narrow class 3 chute.

 


Views from the top of "JJ Freakel" Peak with Cathedral Peak in the distance

 

January 22 & February 20, 2011
Report and Photos by Joel Brewster

Many people in Las Vegas have not heard of the Meadow Valley Mountains or the Arrow Canyon Range. Both are located east of 93 about 30 and 20 miles north of I-15 respectively. It is quite a bit off the beaten track and is therefore visited very infrequently.

Both trips were LVMC trips; the Cathedral Peak trip was 11 people, including several new LVMC members, but the Arrow trip was only three (all three long-time LVMC members).

The terrain and elevation for these ranges are quite similar involving much scrambling on jagged rock and sections of fun class 3 climbing (or less fun class 4-5 if you get off-route). The highpoint of the Meadow Valley Range is slightly higher at 5772' versus 5226' of the Arrow Canyon Range.

One interesting fact about both ranges is that there are several peaks of almost the same elevation as the highpoint, especially for the Arrow Range, which includes four major summits between 5200'-5226'. In fact two of the peaks are so close that there has been confusion about which peak actually is the highest. Just to be safe, we went up both Big Arrow and South Arrow. According to my watch's altimeter, they were exactly the same elevation! However, Harlan's GPS came up with Big Arrow being about ten feet taller.

On the Meadow Valley trip, there was a plane crash site as you enter the wash. There was debris scattered over a huge area and we spent much time examining the remains. After summitting Cathedral Peak (Meadow Valley HP), we decided to make a side trip up to Peak 5677, which had no summit register. Fortunately, our leader, Eric, brought one along. After lengthy discussion as to what we should name our peak, we decided to use the first letter of each of the people to reach the summit... therefore we came with JJ FREAKE Peak. Later realizing we forgot the "L" from Luba, we changed it JJ FREAKEL Peak. Sorry Luba!!!


View north on 93 driving up to the Arrow Canyon Range

 


Ali ascending the steep, rocky gully

 


Harlan climbing the very frictional rock

 


Harlan on a false summit

 


This is the view south from Big Arrow. The clouds were hanging over S. Arrow, our second destination.

 


Harlan on S. Arrow looking north

 


LVMC MONTHLY BIO FEATURE

Dan Young

Where were you born?
Cleveland, OH and grew up in Kettering, OH

How long have you lived in Las Vegas?
6 years

What is your occupation?
Semi-retired

How long have you been an LVMC member?
1 year

What is your favorite hike/climb?
Mt. Rainier Kautz Route & Crimson Chrysalis, Red Rock

What is the most challenging hike/climb you have done?
Tie: Snow Creek in a day on Mt. San Jacinto (So Cal) and Half Dome in a day when my fitness was questionable

How did you get into hiking/climbing?
I began climbing in 1977 and all other outdoor interests grew from that beginning.

What are your hobbies other than hiking/climbing?
I enjoy reading fiction novels, watching sci-fi movies and riding bicycles, both road and mountain bikes.


 

LAS VEGAS MOUNTAINEERS CLUB
BOARD OF DIRECTORS


President: Jose Witt
Vice President/Training Director: Richard Baugh
Secretary: Lynda Gallia
Treasurer: Nasrin Houston
Newsletter Editor: Joel Brewster
Outings Director:
Dan Young
Membership Director: Eric Kassan
Website Director: Amy Brewster
Public Relations/Marketing Directors: Doug Hladky
Club Gear Director:
Dan Young
Social Director: Skip Spilman
Assistant Director: Heather Torrey
Past President: Kristi Meyer

The Ascender is the monthly online newsletter of the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club. All content is property of LVMC and may be used only by the original submitters. All others must obtain written consent from the Board of Directors.
All Club members are invited to submit trip reports, photos, trip listings, recipes, classified ads and other related information. March 10th is the deadline for the next issue.

SUBMIT ARTICLES TO:
Joel Brewster
E-mail: web@lvmc.org

Hikers

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Please send any address, phone number and e-mail changes to Eric Kassan, membership director. LVMC currently has approximately 120 paid members or families.


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Single membership is $30 per year, $85 for three years. Family annual membership is $40, $110 for three years.

To the following members, please note that your membership will expire this month, unless you have recently renewed it:

Lynda Gallia
Leon Dekelbaum
Roy Trafton
Henry Dziegiel
Susan Murphy Rufkahr
Luis Franco
Jeffrey Casey
Steve Polillo
Joe Slak

CLUB GEAR

This club gear is available at no charge to members (a refundable deposit of the gear's approximate value may be required):


4-season tent
Helmets
Bear Barrels
Alpine Axes*
Snowshoes
Strap-on Crampons*
Hiking Boots
Climbing Shoes
Carabiners
Quickdraw

Quantity
1
8
3
5
8
7
2
2
18
1


Grigris
Harnesses
Slings
Cordalette
Belay Devices

Belay Plate
Ice Tool
Ice Screws

Deadman Anchors
Quantity
4
5
15
1
4
1
3
8
4

*Will require a signed waiver.

Non-members are not eligible to borrow club gear. Deposits taken on gear must be in the form of cash or check and will be returned upon return of equipment. Gear is also available to members for courses with no deposit required. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about club gear, please contact Dan Young.

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GENERAL MEETINGS

The Las Vegas Mountaineers meet on the 4th WEDNESDAY of the month at REI in Boca Park.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mount Rainier
Dan Young

MARCH

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Outdoor Accidents
Various LVMC Members


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