Ascent of Whitman Crest on 2018-09-30

Climber: Jeremy Benezra

Others in Party:Mountaineers
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitman Crest
    Elevation:9323 ft / 2841 m

Ascent Trip Report

41# pack

The trail starts out really wide. There’s a couple sections of switchbacks. 4.1 miles in you come out of the trees into Summerland. Some camp sites, a shelter and the start of more rugged terrain. We filtered water at a creek here.

A faint trail through the meadow leads up and then the harder scrambling started through loose rock. We set up camp on top of Meany Crest, actually at Point 7573. I melted some snow for water but then someone found some melt runoff, so we filtered from there from then on. Ate dinner and was in my sleeping bag by 6pm. That’s when the wind started. It was pretty loud and windy all night. This was the second windiest night I’ve ever camped in. On the #1 windiest night I’ve ever camped, we were at Vantage and the wind snapped a tent pole. Though loud, I like extreme weather, and slept pretty well despite the noise.

We planned for a 4am wakeup and 5am departure. Everyone was ready early so we headed out of camp at about 455. Soon out of camp when the rock ended and we hit super hard snow, we roped up and put on crampons. 2.5 hrs from camp to summit. There was some routefinding through the Panhandle glacier and a few people punched through snow covered crevasses, but all in all it was pretty straightforward.

There is a small rock scramble at the top and that whole thing is loose shifting rock and dirt. We were careful to not climb above others but still we all kicked loose some rocks and had to yell “Rock!” Clouds were rolling in and out and sometimes we had great views and sometimes we had no visibility. We descended, packed up camp and made our way out. Great trip!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy
Ascent Part of Trip: Whitman Crest, Meany, 7573  (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Whitman Crest2018-09-30 
 point 75732018-09-30 
 Meany Crest2018-09-30 

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