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Ascent of Shelokum Mountain on 2019-06-23

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Sunday, June 23, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shelokum Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8069 ft / 2459 m

Ascent Trip Report

2019-06-23
With David Salinger. From Gardner Meadows, ascended Wolf Head from saddle between North Gardner and Wolf Head. Scrambled up north then east ridge to summit (easy); descended NW ridge towards Shelokum (not easy) to saddle between Wolf Head and Shelokum, then ascended Shelokum's SE ridge from saddle (easy) to near the summit tower. We then moved left off the SE ridge before reaching the summit tower and scrambled onto the SW face, then traversed a couple of steep gullies to the summit tower where we ascended the summit's SW face. A steep gully of broken rock lead us to the summit. We returned as we came, and ascended the SE ridge back to saddle. From the saddle between Shelokum and Wolf Head we descended into the Shelokum Lake basin (west of North Gardner), then ascended back to saddle between North Gardner and Wolf Head, and returned to camp in Gardner Meadows. We recommend to first ascend Shelokum, then ascend Wolf Head via the NW ridge and West Face (the west face is steep, exposed, and very loose in places), then descend Wolf Head's east and north ridge back to saddle between Gardner and Wolf Head and return to Gardner Meadows (easy). One can easily combine these peaks with an ascent of North Gardner Mountain (but would make for a long day; you might encounter some challenges on Wolf Head's NW ridge).
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