Ascent of Colchuck Peak on 2021-05-02

Climber: Amie Northagen

Date:Sunday, May 2, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Colchuck Peak
    Elevation:8705 ft / 2653 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Colchuck with Anthony, Cassondra & Ted. Left the gate to Colchuck Lake ~10:00 AM (road walk for 4 miles & ~1,400 gain to the trailhead). Took about 7 hours to get to camp (our first big haul with heavy packs for the year). Camped between the lake and the pond.

Started for our summit bid ~5:00 AM Sunday. Snow was firm/sugary but made it up to the saddle with no problems. Up from the saddle required a bit of steep snow climbing but the group before had kicked in some nice steps. Made the summit around 10 AM (?).

Steep snow was sketchy coming down and it became more sugary and soft but thankfully uneventful aside from the mountain goats that were in our company. The rest of the descent was straightforward, although the snow wasn't soft enough to glissade quite yet. Long slog back from camp to car, racing to get that car beer!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7205 ft / 2196 m
    Round-Trip Distance:20 mi / 32.2 km
    Route:Colchuck Glacier
    Trailhead:1500 ft / 457 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

Statistics by Day

Day Elev. Gain Elev. Loss Distance Hiked Max Elev. Camp
# Date Description Ft M Ft M Mi Km Ft M Name Ft M
12021-05-01Car to Camp375711458.5413.744Colchuck Lake
22021-05-02Camp to Summit to Camp to Car3448105111.5118.524

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