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Ascent of Pleasant Mountain on 2020-05-23

Climber: Abbey Collins

Date:Saturday, May 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pleasant Mountain
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:6462 ft / 1969 m

Ascent Trip Report

Summit 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.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Overcast



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