Ascent of Red Mountain on 2012-03-24

Climber: Emily Wheeler

Others in Party:BCC team 1
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Red Mountain
    Elevation:5890 ft / 1795 m

Ascent Trip Report

*written by a student**

On March 24, 2012, I met my Team, possibly called the Honey Badgers, at the West Snoqualmie Summit parking lot where we all geared up and departed promptly at 6:30am. Our goal was to bear 30 degrees towards Red Mountain Summit. Once we crossed under the highway and got into the snow, we started heading down an existing snow path using Guy Peak on our left and Kendall peak on our right as our hand hold. As we continued the journey, our first directive was to find the creek so it could be used as a hand hold. As we followed the creek, the Team took a few compass readings to see if we were still on course since we wanted to start out on the west side of the creek. Our exact location seemed a little confusing at times but we stuck to keeping along the creek as our hand hold. We knew this was the right way to go due to our route finding preparation we did in class on Wednesday.

At 7:15am, we came across a decent log crossing at an elevation of 3660ft We walked single file across the log and started to kick steps into the fresh snow. We kept the creek as a hand hold to our right until 8:00am where we crossed the creek again, one at a time because of possible weight restrictions of the snow pack on the log. This occurred at the elevation of 3770ft. We were now on the east side of the creek where we started our ascent up the ridge of Red Mountain. We kept to the ridge and avoided snow fields due to avalanche conditions.

As the terrain got steeper, it was important for us to work as a team kicking steps and rotating turns so we could move at a faster rate. We reached the Summit at 12:50 with an elevation of 6030ft. The view was magnificent due to the great weather. After 30 min of sharing summit snacks, rehydrating, and picture taking, we started our descent where we tackled a few more skills:

Arm Rappel
Prusiking on a rope

While descending the mountain, we could hear rumbling in the distance where we proceeded to watch multiple surface avalanches occur on Kendall Peak on our left. This did not make me all that comfortable being on top of Red Mountain especially when the surface crust was weakening. This can create quite a giant sliding affect as we saw with the one that was near us.

During our descent, it was apparent The Team was to spread apart from each other so our Instructor rounded us all together so we could make our descent together and safer as a Team. We followed our path from our upward footsteps to trace our way back to the creek. This led us to the ridge which we descended and then crossed over the creek at 3:30 with an elevation of 4120ft which increased by 350ft from increased air pressure. The 2nd creek crossing had a new elevation of 3790ft (difference of 130ft).

Due to the sunny weather we were now experiencing, the snow started to melt off the trees. As I looked off into the distance every so often, the water glistened from the trees which gave the appearance of rain. Most of the time, I was getting dive bombed by the snow from the trees where one instance a large snow chunk knocked the glove right off my hand. I was very glad to be wearing my helmet during this time.

Finally, we made it back to the parking lot at 4:55 with a new elevation of 3080ft. The lower we were on the mountain the less air pressure had an affect the elevation.


The Instructors did great dealing with the Team when a problem arouse whether it be out of breath from climbing, height sickness, or troubles with heights. It is good to know, you all take good care of us and each other!!!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2890 ft / 881 m
    Elevation Loss:2890 ft / 881 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2890 ft / 881 m
    Trailhead:Snoqualmie West   3000 ft / 914 m
    Time Up:6 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2890 ft / 881 m
    Trailhead:3000 ft / 914 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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