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Ascent of Merchant Peak on 2014-05-12

Climber: Adam Walker

Date:Monday, May 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Merchant Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5850 ft / 1783 m

Ascent Trip Report

All 3 steps in the gully were covered with good snow. We encountered rotten loose snow above 5000 feet. The day was hot and the snow started to loose stability. Several hundred feet below the summit we watched 3 small avalanches come down within a 20 minute span. There were also some avalanches coming down the north face of Baring. We decided to turn around at that point descend quickly.

Video compilation shot by Lars and I:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H6mtkEhUTo
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3570 ft / 1089 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3570 ft / 1089 m
    Trailhead:2280 ft / 694 m
Descent Statistics



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