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Ascent of Willamette Pass Peak on 2017-01-22

Climber: John E Sarna

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, January 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Ski Lift
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Willamette Pass Peak
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:6693 ft / 2040 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the chairlift up to Eagle Peak, which is a bit lower than this high point, and skied down the back side of Willamette Pass ski area, then took the Peak 2 Chairlift, and, leaving my skis at the edge of the cleared area at the top of the lift, climbed up a steep very slope where snowboarders went up to make a run down the other side on fresh snow (I didn't want to even try it on my telemark skis. From there, it was but a few feet more to the top of a cornice on hard packed snow covered with a few inches of powder. The slope on the left side was gentle enough to avoid slipping in that direction and avoid the cornice on the right side that was slightly over hung. I didn't continue on to the next equally high bump of snow 30 or 40 yards farther along the ridge, knowing I was already higher than any rocks on the ridge below the snow. It was quite pleasant on top on this bright sunny day, the top offering 360 degree views, except where partially blocked by trees in the direction the boarders went down. On the slopes, there were quite a few skiers and boarders but not enough fill any of the lifts, probably due to it being AFC championship Sunday, on the way to the Superbowl, both of which seem to be good days to lose the crowds who are stuck to their TV sets. Ironically, I was able to watch the game while eating lunch at the resort -- enough time to satisfy my curiosity about the skill level of the players, see how the game pulled in folks to watch it, and watch some of the supposed creme-de-la-creme of advertisements, the frequency of which seemed unprecedented.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 7 m
    Elevation Loss:20 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Route Conditions:
Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Skis
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:20 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Eagle Peak lift to Peak 2 Lift then up the snow
    Trailhead:Willamette pass ski resort  6673 ft / 2033 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:20 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0 mi / 0 km
    Route:Kaleidoscope ski run
    Trailhead:Willamette pass ski resort  6673 ft / 2033 m



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