Ascent of Mount Daniel on 2011-07-17

Climber: Bri Wilson

Others in Party:Karl Themer
Steve Brain
Steve Schneider
Kevin Murch
Date:Sunday, July 17, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Daniel
    Elevation:7960 ft / 2426 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at Cathedral Rock Trail Head around 845 and got to camp around 1pm at Peggy's Pond. To get to trailhead you must cross a river fjord that crosses Scatter Creek--due to the rain and snow melt it was a fairly high water level on the way in and very high on the way out. We started on a maintained trail, but there was about 7 downed trees crossing the path and we hit snow probably at 4300'. Once past Cathedral Rock we got on the PCT and then right onto trail 1375 heading away from Deep Lake that can be seen below. We followed this up to Peggy's Pond, which was camp, around 1.

Left for the summit at 4am. Climbed up onto the East ridge at around 6300' and then traversed around 6100' (this avoided the rock and little snow on scree from above and the cliffs from below). Traverse this for about 2.5miles and then make your way up to the second ridge called the Lynch draw. We moved to the far right of the ridge and this led to a slope heading down to pea soup lake. Pea soup was snow covered, but the edges were melting out. We did not cross pea soup, but were instead able to traverse left around the lake due to the snow covering the steep scree slopes and get directly onto the lynch glacier. From here we roped up and headed up the lynch (a fairly quick ascent). There was an open crevasse at the top of the glacier, but a big step gets you over it. The highest summit (west) is on the right with an easy and short scramble to the top. At this point conditions were white out, with winds and rain.

The descent was much faster because we bypassed the traverse that needed to be taken to get onto the lynch and traversed around the east summit. There was a visible path scramblers take to get to the summit, so we followed this and traversed some shallow snow areas to get to the east slope. Easy plunge stepping back to peggy's pond and then 2.5 hours from camp to cars.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4610 ft / 1405 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4610 ft / 1405 m
    Grade/Class:Basic Glacier
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Clear patches at points, but mostly rain and low clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4610 ft / 1405 m
    Route:Lynch Glacier
    Start Trailhead:Cathedral Rock Trailhead  3350 ft / 1021 m
    Time:9 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4610 ft / 1405 m
    Route:East Face
    End Trailhead:Cathedral Rock Trailhead  3350 ft / 1021 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes

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