Grand County Highpoint Trip Report

Mount Waas

Date: July 17, 2006
Author: Scott Surgent

Another attempt, new vendetta peak. I am now 0 for 2 on Mount Waas. Last year I got rained out. This time I had great weather. I chose to retry the Miner's Basin route, following the road up and over the ridge and down into Batchelor Basin as described in High in Utah (HIU). I walked to the road's end. HIU vaguely suggests "finding a route up the gully". Here I had no luck.

I worked my way up a scree/brush slope to some small cliffs, following some tracks here and there. I got cliffed out about 500 feet up, then spooked myself trying to manage the scree coming down. I explored around the base for possible cairns or trails but found nothing. Frustrated, I conceded to Mount Waas a second time and hiked out.