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Ascent of The Ark on 2019-04-14

Climber: Eric Gilbertson

Date:Sunday, April 14, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Ark
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5339 ft / 1627 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had attempted to climb The Ark in January 2018, but turned around at a freshly corniced ridge I didn’t feel safe soloing. This time I figured later in the spring perhaps it would be safer conditions. I drove out the Middle Fork Snoqualmie road Sunday morning and left the car at 8:30am heading up the Taylor River. The trail is an abandoned road, so I rode my mountain bike to speed things up.

It was raining almost the entire ascent and I got pretty soaked. I turned up Quartz Creek on another old road and rode and pushed my bike up to snowline around 3,400ft. The snow got too deep so I switched to snowshoes. Luckily it was cold enough that the rain falling from the sky had now changed to snow.

I broke trail up the basin from the end of the old logging road to the col on the south ridge of the ark. After gaining the col I followed the ridge up. This time the narrow corniced spot was much safer than in january and I proceeded without problems. I then gained the southwest ridge and turned right. This ridge was heavily corniced but was wide enough to proceed safely.

The summit block is supposedly third class, but it was covered in enough snow that I got to the top in snowshoes. I then followed my tracks all the way back to the bike and biked back down through the rain, reaching the trailhead by 2:30pm.

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