Ascent to Eagle's Nest on 1976-01-03

Climber: Greg Bramlet

Date:Saturday, January 3, 1976
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Place:Eagle's Nest
    Elevation:13400 ft / 4084 m

Ascent Trip Report

Led by NOLS trained, Kent Marshall. Group of 8. Climb between Christmas and New Years. Gore Range, Colorado. At first the temperature was quite nice but after continued exposure, the challenge of staying warm at subzero was quite a challenge in its own right. Day 1 and 2 snowshoe up the ridges to arrive at 12,000 foot altitude. Slept the first couple of days in tent and not too bad. Day three arrival at lake to build double snow caves. My job was to find water. Learned invaluable lesson as I cut through lake ice three times before finding water. Lot of ice! Day four was attempt to climb peak but was more a reconoiter to determine if a route was viable. Day five our snow cave fell in. Not enough ventilation. This meant sleeping nights 5 and 6 in our tent at about 20 below zero. No sleep as we shivered all through the night.
Accomplished finding a viable route having climbed through the thick snow-covered boulders to about 600 feet. Another phenomenon was that you can get sucked down a slope if the snow is heavy accumulation of grauppel snow. At day 6, we descended to trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Frigid, Calm, Low Clouds

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