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