Ascent of Mount Constance on 2021-07-27

Climber: Joerg Zuend

Date:Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Constance
    Elevation:7756 ft / 2364 m

Ascent Trip Report

The ascent is now free. There are only few minor fields. Never used ice axe or crampons. This was my first time on Constance. I went solo. I camped at Lake Constance. Much is written about this route and I just add a few remarks of what I think is noteworthy.
I traveled the standard route ascending the South Chute and then using the finger traverse in both directions.
Specific comments:
1) The finger traverse towards the summit is not easy to spot. As a matter of fact I only knew where it must be because I placed a mark on my iPhone GPS. The finger traverse itself is straight forward. Just the entry into the traverse requires careful movement of the body a bit down and around the corner to grab the ledge. The slab itself is not smooth and has notches where one can comfortably place the shoes if one does not feel there is enough friction (however there plenty of friction if it is dry).
2) I did not see an obvious bypass on the ridge that other people talked about. but then I did not search it either.
3) For the final ascent to the top I looped around the summit rock. I think this is the only way up without ropes. I think this is probably Class 4 scrambling; just left of the chock block. However coming down seemed a bot intimating because it is hard to see the food and handholds. I ultimately went down the chock block which was easier to navigate.
4) All chutes are best navigated scrambling on the side where there are lot of good rock handholds and thus the ability to prevent slipping backwards. The scree is very hard to walk like two steps forward on back. Returning you can almost "ski" down on the scree (not advisable if in a groups - see below)
5) I found it impossible not to release scree and even bigger boulders going up. Since I was solo and nobody nearby this was not a problem. I suppose a group needs to take great care to prevent stones falling on the fellow climber.
7) In the avalanche chute I found ti easier to walk at the bottom of the chute over the larger boulders than using the path at times visible on the scree. It felt easier on knees and less slipping. I guess this is just preference.

Here is my Strava route:

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:10000 ft / 3048 m
    Total Elevation Loss:10000 ft / 3048 m
    Round-Trip Distance:26 mi / 41.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:10000 ft / 3048 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Via Lake Constance, South Chute, and Finger Traver
    Start Trailhead:Dosewallips Parking lot  -2244 ft / -683 m
    Time:1 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:10000 ft / 3048 m
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    End Trailhead:-2244 ft / -683 m
    Time:1 Days 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Joerg Zuend
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