Ascent of Little Tahoma on 2019-07-06

Climber: Honorio Valdes

Others in Party:Evan Barbre
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Little Tahoma
    Elevation:11138 ft / 3394 m

Ascent Trip Report

The original plan was to climb Emerald, Cardinal, Saska, and Pinnacle over the weekend, but the threat of thunderstorms lured us to Little Tahoma. Grant and Cassidy had the plan to climb Little Tahoma instead, so Evan and I joined. Evan got the camping permits on Friday and we headed on our way to Fryingpan camp at around 11. We made it to the camp at around 3:30 and enjoyed the excellent views of Little Tahoma. Also, we found an excellent water source as a meltdown source about 1/4 mi away from camp. We agreed on a 4 am starting time, so we went to sleep at around 7. Two of us slept in bivy sacs, while the other 2 shared a tent. We got some rain overnight and woke up in the clouds. Luckily, the clouds cleared before we got going and climbed in perfect weather. The Fryingpan and Whitman glaciers are in great shape, except for one crevasse that we crossed by taking a snowbridge. The last portion of the Whitman glacier before the scramble had a bunch of small penitentes that required us to zigzag along the glacier. The initial scramble was loose, but we found the summit block to be fairly solid and easier than what most people described (I saw Youtube videos showing the exposed summit scramble and it look sketchier in the videos). The descent was uneventful, but we had to go through the clouds to reach Summerland. It took us about 5:15 to do the approach to Fryingpan camp, 5:00 from camp to summit, 3:00 from summit to camp, and 3:15 from camp to the trailhead, with a 1:15 break to pack stuff up before heading back to the cars.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Fryingpan/Whitman glaciers
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp, Bivouac
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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