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Ascent of Alaska Mountain on 2012-09-30

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Ben
Tiffany
Maverick(k9)
Kingston(k9)
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Alaska Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5745 ft / 1751 m

Ascent Trip Report

After camping above Ridge Lake we hit the trail early, hoping to climb Mount Thomson. Upon reaching the loose, rocky bootpath from the PCT is was clear that the dogs would have to stay behind. Ben and I scrambled up to access the route and timeframe, and decided not to make Tiff wait with the dogs for the 2-3 hours it would take us to reach the summit and return.

We instead continued down the PCT towards Alaska Mountain and soon found ourselves on it's eastern flank. We were glad to leave the dogs at the trail as the bootpath quickly dissapeared into the rock. The route along the ridge is just technical enough to enjoy some light bouldering without too much exposure, as long as you stay on the north side. Those prone to exposure sickness may prefer to drop down to the north and work their way up the talus fields to the summit. For it's relatively low elevation Alaska provides a surprisingly epic panorama of the surrounding peaks and ridges. I will surely be returning to this one the next time I venture far enough down the PCT.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:835 ft / 254 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3155 ft / 960 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:535 ft / 163 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 385 ft / 118 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Start Trailhead:Camp above Ridge Lake  5360 ft / 1633 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3005 ft / 915 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2705 ft / 825 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    End Trailhead:PCT/I-90 Junction  3040 ft / 926 m
Ascent Part of Trip: PCT Overnight 9/29-9/30/2012

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kendall Peak2012-09-293084 ft / 940 m
2Alaska Mountain2012-09-30835 ft / 255 m
Total Trip Gain: 3919 ft / 1195 m    Total Trip Loss: 3679 ft / 1122 m



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