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Ascent of Sloan Peak on 2022-07-24

Climber: Michael Lewis

Date:Sunday, July 24, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sloan Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7835 ft / 2388 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started very late at 11 am from Bedal Creek at 2900' with brother Josh on a hot clear day. The road is pretty rough so high-clearance is recommended. Trail is overgrown with nettles but easy to follow. I made the mistake of not bringing shorts and did this sans-pants. At 3300' we took a GPX track going Left uphill following flagging East to alpine meadows at about 5k. Down timber, brush and wasps made it slightly unpleasant when we got off track. Followed scant climber's trail across snow, meadows and moraines to Sloan glacier. Plenty water here. Thanks to the bootpack and firm yet soft-enough snow to get away with just microspikes the route went easy. We dropped rope at 7400 and continued from the South aspect up the corkscrew route. It's a bit of a misnomer as the route stays mostly on the West side of the South ridge. Cairns and tread lead through easy class 3, more up gullys than traversing. We summited at 8pm admiring the view and putting whimsical stuff in the register. We descended mostly by headlamp and it never cooled down. The trail out sucked in the dark with all the nettles but we managed to get to the Sidekick by 2 am.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5005 ft / 1524 m
    Extra Gain:35 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:Sloan Glacier and Corkscrew
    Trailhead:Bedal Creek  2900 ft / 883 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Headlamp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear



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