Kings Peak in 24 hours - Gear Junkie report

Kings Peak in 24 hours - Gear Junkie report

Joined: January 21st, 2004, 3:15 pm

October 31st, 2008, 5:31 pm #1

Note the route avoids Gunsight Pass and goes straight to Anderson Pass.
Note the photo of that slope.

http://thegearjunkie.com/utahs-kings-peak-trip-report
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

November 1st, 2008, 12:26 am #2

Quite a significant deviation from the normal route and an impressive accomplishment in under 24 hours!! When I climbed King's this summer, none of the variations really appealed to me ... the Gunsight Pass route allows you to move fairly quickly even if it is more mileage.
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Joined: January 31st, 2006, 6:01 am

November 1st, 2008, 2:42 am #3

So after the pass, did you stick with the trail or go overland over the hump to the right?
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

November 1st, 2008, 6:04 pm #4

On the other side of Gunsight Pass, there was a herd path that broke right ... well below the blocky scree. Blew past a couple of guys that broke right too soon and were making slow time. So I guess I did a very minor deviation - saved me a couple hundred feet of descent. Missed the same herd path on the way out and went the long way.
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Joined: March 12th, 2005, 5:32 am

November 7th, 2008, 5:27 pm #5

Note the route avoids Gunsight Pass and goes straight to Anderson Pass.
Note the photo of that slope.

http://thegearjunkie.com/utahs-kings-peak-trip-report
It seems to me that you did Kings the hard way. I took the trail to Gunsight Pass and then angled cross country on easy terrain to Anderson Pass and Kings' north ridge. To return I boot skied down the scree slope, dropping a ton of elevation in little time. I remember thinking how happy I was not to have tried to ascend that way. I left Henrys Fork C.G. at 0300, took a wrong turn that cost me an hour, summited Kings in a September snowstorm, and returned to the trailhead about 1800. I was young, thin, in great shape, and traveled light, wearing a pair of running shoes rather than boots.
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