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Ascent of Glacier Peak on 2018-08-26

Climber: Jeremy Fuerst

Date:Sunday, August 26, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Glacier Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:10520 ft / 3206 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rain started hitting as we neared the junction with the PCT ascending from Mackinaw Shelter. It did not stop for 36 hours.

Established camp about 13 miles from North Fork Sauk Trailhead.

Set out amid freezing rain and fog at 6:30 a.m. the next morning. Suffice to say precipitation and visibility did not improve all the way to the summit -- but we did get there. Route-finding and conditions made for a 13-hour summit day.

Sun was out when we awoke the following morning but it was still windy. Warmed and finally dried as we descended.

Crevasses have opened up though we could see little. Route-finding was a considerable pain in the ass on choss left behind by glacial runoff, at least it was in the dense fog. This was a hard-earned but satisfying summit even if the views were absent.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp, Bivouac



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