***This is not a beginner scramble. ***
Sign up is via the waitlist. You must have documented scrambling experience to be added to the going list. If your VegasHiker profile is incomplete, send me a private note detailing your scrambling experience. To send me a note, click on my profile picture and click "send a message" towards the top of the profile page.
Helmets are always welcome. Be sure to use one that doesn't block your sight.
Always carry "in case of emergency" numbers with you.
This hike is considered a Class 3 scramble as it requires the use of hand and footholds to climb the rocks. Expect some exposure.
For our initial ascent, we'll meander up a craggy channel to the left of Ash Canyon. The climb will get your heart pumping. We'll stop halfway up to check the time, our energy levels, and take GPS coordinates of some rather gaudy graffiti, then continue along the regular route (the large sandy area below Britt's Loop). You'll squeeze through a crack in the rocks and use your arms to pull yourself up a boulder or two, along with other obstacles.
When hitting the final descent we have many options. Be prepared to use your arms and sticky soled boots as we climb up and down the cracks, there will be a least one.
Not for beginners or those afraid of heights. There are some places that require intermediate scrambling skills and there is some exposure. You must be able to pull your body weight up and lower yourself down using your arms.
No guests will be allowed without my prior approval.
YOU MUST BE ON THE "GOING" LIST IN ORDER TO GO ON THIS HIKE. CRASHING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
We'll meet at the Kraft Mountain Trailhead. To get there go west on Charleston towards the park. The turn to Calico basin is about 2 miles before the park entrance. Turn right and follow the road to the end of the payment & the Kraft Mtn parking lot.
Frequently asked questions. (http://www.meetup.com/VegasHikers/pages/Frequently_Asked_Questions/)
Distance: ~ 2.75 miles loop.
Elevation gain: ~ 1600 ft.
High point: ~3344
Low point: ~3600
Difficulty: moderate-difficult (elevation gain, distance, class 3 scrambling)
Pace: ~ 1 Miles Per Hour
Time: ~3.5 hours
Bring: At least two liters of water. Snacks.
Please note the following:
• Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
• By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. The organizers of this group and current and former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event.
• All attendees participate at an event at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests.
• By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising out of or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.