Ascent of Glacier Peak on 2018-07-17

Climber: Jeremy Benezra

Date:Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Glacier Peak
    Elevation:10520 ft / 3206 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mountaineers trip. Hiked in. I was super under the weather and sleep deprived after hosting our weekend long 5th Wedding Anniversary/Housewarming party spent playing on a giant slip and slide and eating jello shots. 5.5 miles to the decrepit shelter, mostly in the shaded forest. Then the switchbacks started and we were hit with a lot more sun exposure. Started getting super hot and we had to take more breaks than usual due to the heat. Made it to White Pass and took maybe an hour long break in the shade, to let things cool off before proceeding on. Received some bug bites here. Traversed some beautiful terrain, crested the ridge, descended and set up camp at about 6500 feet elevation on dirt/rock islands in the snow. It was about 10 hours from TH to our camp. There was a creek running right through camp and adequate water all along the trail. We never had to melt snow.

Left camp at 115am and made our way uphill passing the high camps, and filtering water on the way at a creek. Wrapped around the East side of Disappointment Peak, continued up the dirt ramp until it turned to snow. Most of us put on crampons here but some just kicked steps and continued. We had ropes, harnesses, pickets… but didn’t use any of it – snow was soft and footing was sure. Summited at about 8am. The register is on the West in the rocks. The true summit is East a bit.

It turned into an oven on the descent. Passed climbers still heading up and they were going to have a hellish time on their descent. Made it back to camp at about 1215 for an 11 hour day. Everyone napped for a few hours before we started making our potluck dinner, everyone brought something – tortillas, Spanish rice, refried beans, black beans, chicken, red peppers, green peppers, cheese, avocado, lime, red wine, white wine. Without a doubt the best meal I’ve ever had in the wilderness.

I slept like a rock and woke to colder temps, wind, and fog. We packed up camp and were moving by 7am. We wanted to beat the heat. It was still pretty hot but a great relief to reach the shaded forest. Reached the trailhead at Noon. Pretty quick descent.

My 9th Washington County High Point. Also I did St Helens, Adams, Rainier and Glacier Peak in an 8 week time period. It has been a successful summer!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads

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