Ascent of Gardner Mountain on 2019-05-10

Climber: Alden Ryno

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 10, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Gardner Mountain
    Elevation:8898 ft / 2712 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day trip from a planned overnight. I left the car at 0345 and hit the turnoff in Gardner Meadows at 0745. There was moderate snow, half of which could be avoided, all of which was before pulling away from the creek around 4,800', clear after that. Downsized to small summit pack and took off for Gardner at 0830. Ascended open slopes in the meadows until I hit snow around 6,400'. Again, first. I donned crampons over my trail runners (never a good combo). They gave me more hassle than anything. Summitted Gardner at 1115...I was slow moving here. Began the ridge traverse around 1145.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6800 ft / 2072 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Headlamp, Ski Poles
    Weather:Sunny, intermittent clouds, little to no breeze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6800 ft / 2072 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6400 ft / 1951 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route:Gardner Meadows
    Start Trailhead:Wolf Creek Trailhead   2498 ft / 761 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Gardner Meadows
    End Trailhead:Wolf Creek Trailhead   

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