Ascent of Bunker Hill on 2002-05-15

Climber: Scott Surgent

Date:Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bunker Hill
    Elevation:11473 ft / 3496 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the saddle north of the peak, elevation 8660 feet. I intended to stay high on the slopes and do a general traverse to the saddle north of Bunker, but there was abundant snow, and it made sense for me to go higher since things were sloppy if I stayed level or lower. I had to use my insteps to get past a few icy sections. One was a thirty foot level traverse across a snow patch that had about a 500-foot slope below me. I ended up too high and had to drop 200 feet to the saddle. Then up to Bunker Peak through more snow patches and mud patches. It wasn't difficult, just really really really annoying. Awesome summit, great views.

For the descent, I got back to the saddle, then said screw it, I went down hill through a canyon back to the road below at 7610 feet. This means a couple-mile walk and a thousand foot re-gain back to my car. It was an epic, but I got the summit and I felt good about that.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4063 ft / 1238 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4063 ft / 1237 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3013 ft / 918 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2813 ft / 857 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:From north
    Start Trailhead:Saddle north at 8660ft  8660 ft / 2639 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3863 ft / 1177 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2813 ft / 857 m; Extra: 1050 ft / 320m
    Gain on way out:1050 ft / 320 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Direct to road 7610ft
    End Trailhead:Saddle north at 8660ft  8660 ft / 2639 m

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