Ascent of Sacajawea Peak on 2020-09-23

Climber: Kent Coe

Others in Party:Cilla
Date:Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sacajawea Peak
    Elevation:9838 ft / 2998 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked from the trailhead at Hurricane Creek to upper Thorp Creek on Tuesday. Today we left camp about 9 a.m. (Chas's comment last night about not needing to leave early because we had all day, came back to haunt us). There were 8 of us, all wanting to summit. Chas said he was going to go up the valley of Thorp Cr. because he felt the trail, which he had never been on, was too exposed. Em went with him, while the rest of us started up the trail that follows the east ridge. One mountain goat was loafing nearby. First, Cilla and Cathy turned around, due to wind blowing grit into their eyes/contacts. Glen was first on the summit. I followed, but by the time I got there, he had dropped down into the valley that Chas and Em were coming up. I hung out on top for a half hour. Loren, a wilderness ranger in the Strawberry Mtns. was also on the summit. No sign of Marilyn nor Marina, so I started back the way I'd come. They were hunkered about 300' vertical below the summit, calling off their attempt due to wind. Chas and Em had also turned around.

In retrospect, had we started about two hours earlier, the wind wouldn't have been quite as strong, and most, if not all, of the party might have made it to the top.

2/8 = 0.25 X 100 = 25% success rate.
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Partial panorama from the summit, looking southeast to south. Aneroid Mountain, Pete's Point, Cusick Mountain, Red Mountain, and the Matterhorn are all seen (2020-09-23). Photo by Kent Coe.
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Summary Total Data
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Overcast
Unsettled weather, with light overcast. Some sun. Wind slowly increasing throughout the day with st

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