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Ascent of Malcolm Mountain on 2018-08-05

Climber: Matt Kurjanowicz

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Malcolm Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5480 ft / 1670 m

Ascent Trip Report

Descend the way you came from Johnson, finding the right boot path, and head on the trail toward Malcolm. The trail becomes difficult to follow at times, in part because it traverses across slopes that easily wash out from the snow and rain. Cross a few knobs on the ridge, and you find yourself looking at Malcolm. There is an obvious boot path from about 5000' that traverses up an open slope. Don't take that. Continue on the trail for another 100 vertical feet of gain and hop onto the NE/SW ridge. You'll avoid some steeper stuff and get onto a nice forested plateau. Follow obvious boot paths to the summit block, which loose and a little steep-ish. I came down a slightly different way on the summit block, and that was a mistake. Plenty of loose scree and small clifflets made for some tense time. Descend the way you came, or maybe just be better at walking on scree. 6.07mi, 3160' gain, 3:00 to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:965 ft / 294 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:965 ft / 294 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Johnson / Malcolm Trail
    Start Trailhead:Johnson Mountain  4515 ft / 1376 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 20180805 - Johnson, Malcolm, Koppen

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Johnson Mountain2018-08-052195 ft / 669 m
2Malcolm Mountain2018-08-05965 ft / 294 m
3Koppen Mountain2018-08-051845 ft / 562 m
Total Trip Gain: 5005 ft / 1525 m    Total Trip Loss: 3126 ft / 953 m



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