Ascent of Chiefs Head Peak on 2020-07-30

Climber: Benjamin Kiser

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 Report

Summitted 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.
Summary Total Data
    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)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tanima Peak2020-07-30 
2Mount Alice2020-07-30 
3Chiefs Head Peak2020-07-30 

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