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Ascent of Korohusk Peak on 2020-06-07

Climber: Abbey Collins

Others in Party:Andrew Holman -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, June 7, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Korohusk Peak
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:7030 ft / 2142 m

Ascent Trip Report

During our first Korohusk attempt, we turned back when everything above 4,000 ft. appeared to be socked in, in snow. But this day, we woke up with the sun and it stayed with us for much of the ascent -- blue bird and about as calm as it can get in the mountains. After camping at Echo Bend we hiked a mile or so more on the Crow Pass Trail, turning off into the woods to head toward the mountain. After some route finding issues during our previous attempt, we knew exactly what we were looking for this time -- a small wooden sign that says 'trail.' That's about where you turn left into the woods to access a rough (but all things considered quite impressive) trail that cuts steeply through the woods, topping out at a gully that leads to glacial moraine. We followed the moraine in the hot sun, before turning off to the left to ascend a snow/scree gully. The snow was quite good here, firm enough to allow for minimum postholing. We strapped on our crampons toward the top. At the top of the gully we traversed left, scrambling on loose rock and extremely loose scree -- the scree made for pretty slow travel...which was unfortunate, because the snow in the gully leading to the summit was too soft for efficient travel, leaving loose, slow scree as the best option. The last push to the ridge was much harder snow and required crampons and ice axes. The summit was unusually warm, a phenomenon explained a short while later, when an afternoon thunderstorm rolled in, pelting us with hail during our descent.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast



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