Ascent of Clark Mountain on 2019-06-30

Climber: Liz Mack

Others in Party:Nick
and Adam
Date:Sunday, June 30, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark Mountain
    Elevation:8602 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped at around 6,400 ft after leaving the Shepherds trail. Left at 4:45 am. Firm snow all morning. 7,200 ft gully was partially snow, but easy travel. Then took a snow slope with a rising traversing on the southeast side. Eventually got onto the rocks of the south ridge for an easy walk up. On the summit at 7:15 a.m. Made some poor choices on an attempt to traverse to Luahna. Ended up too high in the bowl between the SW and S ridges. Nasty terrain with lots of loose rock and small cliffs eat up 2 hours. Decided once we were at 7,500 on the SW ridge that we didn't have time for Luahna. Summit point 7970 as a consolation prize. Debated for a while the best way to get back to camp. Ended up traversing the southern basin at about 7,400 ft with some climbing once we reached the south ridge. That worked pretty well. Got back to our camp around 2:30 pm at the cars by 7 pm. Looked like a thunderstorm was moving in, but it went around us. Terrible mosquitoes for the flat walk along the Boulder River. Also had an encounter with an angry grouse in Boulder Basin. Scenic area, but would have been great to have three days in order to do both Clark and Luahna.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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