Ascent of Pleasant Mountain on 2020-05-23
|Date:||Saturday, May 23, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||6462 ft / 1969 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSummit via the Southwest Gully. The approach through Ram Valley was mostly dry and fast. Past the turnoff for Raina Peak we side-hilled, uphill of the rock glacier. We met three wide, snow-filled gullies, but the snow was firm and we experienced minimal post-holing. The Southwest gully of Pleasant was still filled with snow - hard, condensed, old avi debris. We hugged its side, staying close to the rock band to the left of the gully. Snow closest to the rock was punchy and soft. Rock is classic crumbly, Chugach choss. Near the top of the gully we traversed left, side-hilling through scree to the base of the summit. The summit ridge was mostly dry, aside from a few ice patches and crusty snow. Descended just as some late May snow moved into the valley! The gully descent was fast - we wore crampons but plunge-stepped most of the way down.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cool, Windy, Overcast|
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