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Ascent of Fisher Peak on 2018-08-18

Climber: Fred Newman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Fisher Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8040 ft / 2450 m

Ascent Trip Report

Standard W ridge approach, reached summit 1 hour after leaving the upper lake. N ridge on map is actually a broad face / shallow gully crisscrossed by human sized rock ledges. It didn't look too bad. Downclimbed carefully, one or two short traverses with good holds. One or two thought provoking down-steps on loose stuff. About 1 hour from summit to saddle. Crossed the east basin to gain a forest ledge at 6000' at dark. Followed the ridge through steep forest until around 4800' and then made slow descending traverse to Granite Creek in mostly open forest. Brush encountered was mostly blueberries and fir saplings with a couple of ~50 yard stretches of easy slide alder. Forded Granite Creek and arrived at road ~6 hours after leaving lake. Maybe similar time and distance as Easy Pass return, but avoids the 1400' climb from Fisher Creek.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1100 ft / 335 m
    Grade/Class:4+
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1100 ft / 335 m
    Route:W Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Silent Lakes  6940 ft / 2115 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:N Ridge / N Face
Ascent Part of Trip: Grayfish Arrival

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Graybeard Peak2018-08-18 a4465 ft / 1361 m
2Mount Arriva2018-08-18 b2400 ft / 732 m
3Fisher Peak2018-08-18 c1100 ft / 335 m
Total Trip Gain: 7965 ft / 2428 m    Total Trip Loss: 600 ft / 183 m



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