Ascent to North Peak-snowfield just below peak on 2011-08-18

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:April Sarna
Date:Thursday, August 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Point Reached:North Peak - snowfield just below peak
    Elevation:11600 ft / 3535 m
    Remaining Elevation:642 ft / 196 m (30% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Approaching on the usual Class 2 route from the southeast, a steep snow field blocked our path just below the peak. Couldn't go around it on the right due to very steep sand/boulders and exposure. Couldn't go around it to the left due to exposure on rock. Would have been okay to go up it with an ice axe, but I left them behind since my wife and I hadn't trained with them for many years and I didn't expect much snow in mid-August.

terrible swarms of mosquitos until half way up
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North Peak from the boat ride across Saddleback Lake (2011-08-18). Photo by John E Sarna.
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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1534 ft / 467 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:easiest route fr SE; blocked by steep snow
    Trailhead:Saddlebag Lake  10066 ft / 3068 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble

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