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Ascent of Mount McCausland on 2020-12-11

Climber: Peter Dygert

Date:Friday, December 11, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount McCausland
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5747 ft / 1751 m

Ascent Trip Report

Walked 3 miles up the Smithbrook road to the trailhead and scrambled to the top from there. There was a few inches of fresh snow on top of a hard crust. We were on snow shoes all the way from the car. The day was cloudy with little wind and just below freezing on the way up, but it cleared up nicely for the trip down. It made for some very nice views. We decided to try to come down the west ridge and thought we might be able to pick our way to the PCT. But the snow conditions were such that it was not feasible. We got down to about 5200 ft and cut SE to pick up our up-trail. The going was doable, but steep and we changed from snowshoes to microspikes and poles to ice axes several time as the conditions changed. We were sometimes post holing to our crotches and other times on steep ice. Nonetheless we were able to make the switches quickly and get down without mishap. We made it back to the road just before dark and did the last 3 miles of road via head lamp.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2500 ft / 762 m
    Route Conditions:
Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2500 ft / 762 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Start Trailhead:3247 ft / 989 m
Descent Statistics



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