Ascent of Chiefs Head Peak on 2020-07-30
|Others in Party:||Jesse Sumrak|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Thursday, July 30, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Chiefs Head Peak|
| Elevation:||13579 ft / 4138 m|
Ascent Trip ReportSummitted Chiefs Head on a backpacking trip to Thunder Lake. We left camp at 4:40 am and climbed up Boulder-Grand Pass. Once on the pass at 6:10 morning clouds rolled in, obscuring our entire ascents of Tanima and Mount Alice. Luckily the clouds broke as we were descending Alice around 8:30. The hourglass ridge traverse was listed as Class 3 but felt closer to hard class 2. After reaching the saddle, we summitted Chiefs Head. This was definitely one of the best views in the park. Absolutely stunning views of Longs Peak, Wild Basin, Glacier Gorge, and the far northern and western reaches of the park. We decided to make it a loop and descended down the Lion Lake basin. Luckily, on our glissade down the ice shelf that deposits into Snowbank Lake, we stuck to the right and avoided a potential 25 foot plunge off the ice shelf into the lake. These lakes are probably some of the prettiest in the park.
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| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Headlamp, Tent Camp|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Thunder Lake-Wild Basin (2 nights total away from roads)|
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