Ascent of Denny Mountain on 2020-05-29

Climber: Karen Wallace

Date:Friday, May 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Denny Mountain
    Elevation:5520 ft / 1682 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather was beautiful and there was still lots of snow once we got just a ways up the ski area. Edelweiss Bowl, Upper International, and most of Lower International had plenty of snow for skiers and snowboarders.

We headed up from the lodge following Chair 1, but there was LOTS of bushwacking. My recommendation for anyone else is to look at my gps track and head up where we came down which is on the other side of the Armstrong Express Chairlift. If heading up to catch Edelweiss, maybe cross over to the top of Chair 1 via Debbie's or maybe even the Cascade Traverse depending on how the conditions play out. As we approached the base of Chair 2, the snow was starting to feel a little slippery for kick stepping, so we put on our crampons and pulled out our ice axes. The Edelweiss Bowl was stunningly beautiful and so were the views looking down towards Summit West Ski Area and the other Snoqualmie Pass amenities. Skiers were just coming down as we approached the top of Chair 2.

From the top of Chairlift 2, we kick stepped straight up to the base of the rocks and then found a spot climber's left through the rocks. A chimney maneuver was required in between the snow and rock. We then removed our crampons to ascend the top of that rock section and then passed our packs through a gap. A final rock slab with firm snow on the side was climbed for our snowy summit. 3 other spots seemed like they could have been "true" summits, so we made sure we bagged all.

For the descent, we donned our rain gear and had a super fun glissade down Upper International! Route finding got slightly tricky in finding Lower International, but luckily for us, some skiers came down behind us and showed where to cross over. (We ended up on the top of Felsen and it had terrifying, wet, steep, slabby rocks!)

The final glissade had some harsh bumps and rocks were showing. The skiers seemed to do okay. We came up on one "somewhat" scary snow bridge before finding the dirt again. The rest of the walk went pretty smoothly.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Karen Wallace
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