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Ascent of Castle Peak on 2019-08-03

Climber: Fred Newman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8306 ft / 2531 m

Ascent Trip Report

Traversed over from Frosty East to take the sad couloir on the NE side. Going up took the right hand split, big mistake. 55 degree crampons and axe in scary loose wet glacial till. Left hand side of right hand split might be slightly better but not much. Would be totally fine if snow filled. Ascended SE ridge in standard manner. On return descended the climber's left hand option. Still loose, but much less so. Some steep downclimbing requiring care, but not scary. Returned over Stronghold.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 883 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Exposed Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2900 ft / 883 m
    Route:NE Couloir to SE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:5406 ft / 1647 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Frosty Castle

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Frosty Mountain East2019-08-03 a3800 ft / 1158 m
2Castle Peak2019-08-03 b2900 ft / 884 m
3Stonghold Peak2019-08-03 c900 ft / 274 m
4Frosty Mountain2019-08-03 d1000 ft / 305 m
5Frosty Mountain East2019-08-03 e400 ft / 122 m
Total Trip Gain: 9000 ft / 2743 m



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