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Ascent of Crater Mountain on 2016-08-20

Climber: Sean Albert

Date:Saturday, August 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Crater Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8128 ft / 2477 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the scenic route! Approached by traversing under the Jerry glacier along the unnamed grey glacial lake with Patty, Noel, John T., and Ava. We hiked in on Friday to make camp at Jerry Lakes. Patty, Noel and John wanted to climb Jack (which I'd already tagged) on Saturday so Ava and I traversed back over the Jerry glacier to gain the trail to the summit, we were able to climb up fun easy slabs to the far East side of the glacier (just small snowfields with no cracks or ice). After gaining the 7200 ft. saddle we traversed around 7100 ft. across the gentle slopes under Crater's South face and above the lake, reaching the trail around 7200 before the steeper climbing started. We followed cairns when the trail disappeared up some exposed class 2/3, requiring a few doggy 5th class moves. Great views of Jack and the North Cascades, so many familiar peaks in a row across the Southern skyline. We didn't hang out long, headed back down the way we came to swim and relax at our beautiful camp on upper Jerry Lake. About 5.5 hours round trip from the Lakes. There is a sweet bivy spot at the 7200 ft. saddle above Crater Lake. The gang climbed Jack with success on Saturday, we hiked out the same way on Sunday and headed straight for Mondo and Cascadia Farms.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10128 ft / 3087 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4000 ft / 1219 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10128 ft / 3087 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6128 ft / 1868 m; Extra: 4000 ft / 1219m
    Loss on way in:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Start Trailhead:2000 ft / 609 m
Descent Statistics



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