Ascent of Pinnacle Peak on 2014-07-01
|Others in Party:||Aidan Barlow|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 1, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6562 ft / 2000 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe trail was covered in snow from the trailhead, though we managed to find sections of it that were snow-free as we ascended. Aidan broke out the ice axe for a few of the steeper traverses of snow below the pass and summit. We ditched packs in a random spot near some great melt-water runoff that we used to top off our bottles. We followed the standard route from about half way up it. We were shocked to find recently abandoned slings and a rap ring. Aidan (age 11) free-soloed this peak. I would rate it as class 2 with a few class 3 moves near the second (higher) rap station, certainly not necessary to use a rope! Anyway, Aidan got a good laugh along with me. The entire summit scramble is completely dry and snow-free, so we used helmets, though we climbed close enough together to avoid self-inflicted rockfall. The sky was clear enough to make out Unicorn, Adams, Hood, St Helens, Plummer, Wow, and some other larger, unidentified mountain to our north.
The GPX track is a 1-way track as we followed our ascent route back to the car. I also wanted to try out my new ultralight tarp and my new Feathered Friends 1 lb 9 oz sleeping bag, so we actually backpacked this peak. Plus, Aidan wanted to camp with Dad, so we found a great spot and slept with views of Rainier to the north and the other 3 volcanoes to the south. We cooked and ate near the water source as it was about 200 ft below our camp spot. Great night out! I also tried out my new gear with great success. It was so warm that I used my new bag as a blanket, not even getting inside of it to sleep for the night. Aidan didn't feel like doing Plummer Peak, though it is right there and looked even easier than Pinnacle. We headed back to the car and stopped at all of the waterfalls on the way out before Nepalese food at Wildberry restaurant near Ashford.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1702 ft / 519 m|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Elevation Gain:||1702 ft / 519 m|
| Route:||From Reflection Lakes|
| Trailhead:||4860 ft / 1481 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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