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Ascent of The Incredible Hulk on 2015-07-27

Climber: Christopher Wessels

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, July 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Incredible Hulk
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:11280 ft / 3438 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very long, challenging, twisting ridge climb with a nice scree descent on East Slope towards Glacier Lake. One of the best sunset views from the (mountaineer's) summit that I have ever experienced. On the approach, I tried to use the west side of the creek that drains from Avalanche Lake. This was a terrible, terrible idea. I got into some of the worst bushwacking ever. Had to cross to the east side of the creek, which was a bit cleaner (talus), before crossing west again to get to the outcropping on the NE side of Glacier Lake. The Northeast Ridge of Hulk itself took six hours to complete, not including approach or descent. It was well after dark when I got down, and I had to bivy on large talus at a steep angle because I couldn't find any flat ground. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4253 ft / 1296 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1880 ft / 573 m
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Mud/Swamp, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Bivouac
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4253 ft / 1296 m
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Robinson Creek  7027 ft / 2141 m
    Time:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1880 ft / 573 m
    Route:East Slope/Face
    End Trailhead:Base camp: night one  9400 ft / 2865 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Solo multi-day: year two, Twin Lakes (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1The Incredible Hulk2015-07-274253 ft / 1296 m
2Kettle Peak2015-07-282800 ft / 853 m
3Whorl Mountain2015-07-281233 ft / 376 m
Total Trip Gain: 8286 ft / 2525 m    Total Trip Loss: 8286 ft / 2526 m



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