Ascent of Ryan Peak on 2020-07-22

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Duane Gilliland
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ryan Peak
    Elevation:11714 ft / 3570 m

Ascent Trip Report

We did this as an overnight backpack. It was very hot on the approach day and it was afternoon, so we were ready to quit when we got to the first good water on the West Pass trail. There was no level ground near the water, but we made do, and were glad that COVID encouraged us to bring one-person tents because they worked better for finding comfortable tent sites. Note from the GPS track that our ascent from West Pass did not follow the ridge but instead stayed on the slope north of the ridge, which was soil until just below the ridgeline. We felt that this improved our footing, and indeed we descended the ridge and were very glad for the scree then. I would use this strategy again if I were ever to repeat Ryan Peak (not happening -- So Many Mountains, So Little Time!)

Above West Pass we coveted the firm footing of the green slope, and finally decided to give it a try. We ascended to the highest green, then encountered only a short section of scree just below the ridgeline.

Looking back down from the summit at West Pass (left of center) and part of our route.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bob Bolton
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