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Ascent of Gardner Mountain on 2020-10-01

Climber: Nick Magill

Date:Thursday, October 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gardner Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8898 ft / 2712 m

Ascent Trip Report

We left the trailhead around 9AM. The hike along Wolf Creek was easy and navigation as straightforward. Despite last week's rain the vegetation is bone dry, and wildfire risk seems substantial in this area. Departing Wolf Creek trail we ascended Gardner Mountain up an obvious mild ridgeline leading from Gardner Meadows to the summit, class 2. The geology of the mountain is interesting, and the rock is mineral rich and brittle. It is clear how the distinct properties of the rock differ from nearby Washington Pass peaks, and thereby contribute to the mountain's greater degree of erosion. We reached the summit at 4:30PM, encountering no snow along the way. Because of the brittle rock quality we opted to minimize scrambling by descending down about 800 vertical feet to traverse over to North Gardner, rather than taking the class three ridgeline directly. Water sources were scarce, we recommend carrying 3-5L when snow is absent. There are a few streams near Gardner Meadows to fill up at.

Weather was excellent, but smoke obscured the view to about 6 miles.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6800 ft / 2072 m
    Grade/Class:2
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Great, despite some smoke
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6800 ft / 2072 m
    Route:Wolf Creek
    Start Trailhead:2098 ft / 639 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:Wolf Creek



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