Ascent of Seven Fingered Jack on 2020-08-29

Climber: Honorio Valdes

Others in Party:Chenmin Liu -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Vishal Thanvantri Vasudevan
Date:Saturday, August 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Seven Fingered Jack
    Elevation:9100 ft / 2773 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did a C2C ascent of SFJ and Maude with Chenmin and Vishal. The trip was fun, but I was feeling sick for the last half and that ended up slowing us down a bit, leading to a climb that lasted close to 19h. SFJ involved a bit more route finding than what we were expecting and tons of loose rock. There are multiple climbers trails that make the ascent easier, but they are intermittent. We had awesome views of the Glacier Peak and spent about 30 min on the summit. We found a trail on the descent that led us to ~8000' without much trouble. At that point, things got confusing again and ended up doing a bit of bushwhacking and meandering until we found a way to get to the trail. At that point, we headed to Maude and I was starting to feel a bit nauseous. This slowed our ascent quite a bit and it took us about 4 h to get to the summit of Maude from the Leroy Basin-Carne High Traverse trails intersection (the ascent from the pass dropping into Ice Lakes took us ~1:45). There is a snow patch on the climbers trail to Maude that can get icy under the shade, but otherwise the ascent is straightforward. We made the summit at 4:50 with strong winds and turned back almost immediately. On the way down, we lost the trail in one section and had to ascend a steep vegetated section. After that point, it was a straight forward hike down and reached the cars at 11 pm. I drove back to Seattle the same day and made it back home around 2:30. Despite all the challenges, it was a fun trip.
Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: SFJ-Maude C2C  (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Seven Fingered Jack2020-08-29 
2Mount Maude2020-08-29 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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