Ascent of Silver Peak on 2014-04-12
|Others in Party:||Zelda (dog)|
|Date:||Saturday, April 12, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5605 ft / 1708 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBack to settle my score with this one. Initially, I had thought of Lennox or Baring, but this was a shorter drive and it was a grudge peak. I set off at an earlier time than I did last time as I was leaving from home, not duty on the ship. In addition to my usual party of one, I had my friend Dan's dog, Zelda, along with me. She did a great job keeping up all the way to the summit and back down again. I met a large group of hikers in the parking lot who were headed to the lake. They were surprised to see me put my ski boots on and strap my skis to my pack. This time I was able to drive to the official trailhead due to lack of snow. This also meant that I had to hike for quite a while in my ski boots, which really sucked. Once I finally hit snow, I was able to start skinning up for a bit. Eventually I found some tracks heading for the peak, so I followed them. The terrain steepened and the snow was concrete, so I pulled out my axe and crampons and strapped my skis to my back. I made short work of the ascent and eventually caught up to the group of four whose tracks I was following.
We all reached the summit at the same time, so I had readily available photographers for my summit photos, which is unusual. They were all nice and chatted with me a bit. As it turns out, they left about an hour before I did for the summit, so I felt pretty good about my speed, which I initially thought was slow. I could not ski from the summit, but I was able to put my skis on about 40 feet below the summit after walking through the rocks and bushes that blocked my access to the snow below the summit. The ski down was perfect spring corn, and Zelda ran down the snow chasing me, though I had to stop for her on occasion. I was able to ski down to around 2,800 feet, then I had to put my skis back on my back and start hiking - really shitty in ski boots.
*GPS Track note: I had some battery issues with the (not) cold air temperatures. I am getting tired of batteries that won't work at temperatures below room temperature. There are gaps, and most frustrating, my descent is not there, highlighting my perfect S turns on the slopes of Silver Peak!
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3685 ft / 1123 m|
| Route:||Annette Lk Tr to NW Ridge|
| Trailhead:||1920 ft / 585 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Skis, Ski Poles|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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