Ascent to Mount Fairweather-West Col Basin on 2008-06-15

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Edward Earl
Dave Covill
Date:Sunday, June 15, 2008
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Fairweather - West Col Basin
    Location:United States/Canada
    Elevation:13050 ft / 3977 m
    Remaining Elevation:2275 ft / 694 m (41% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

In June, 2008, I was part of a 3-person expedition to Mount Fairweather, a high, remote, and snowy peak on the border of Alaska and British Columbia. We were unsuccessful after spending five days on the peak, turning back due to poor route conditions caused by deep snow and too many huge crevasses.

The following links make up a detailed section-by-section journal of the trip. There is a link at the bottom of each page that will take you to the next one.

Introduction: Background to the trip and preparations

June 7-10, 2008: Killing time in Haines waiting to fly to the mountain

June 11-12, 2008: Flying to the mountain, moving uphill, and a storm day

June 13-14, 2008: Ascent to high camp and another storm day

June 15, 2008: Summit attempt and harrowing retreat

June 16-18, 2008: Return to Haines, day trip to the Skagway high point, and return home

Disclaimers: Although I have tried to be as accurate and objective as possible, please realize that much of the content of this on-line journal is purely subjective opinion, impressions, and how I felt at the time. It is not my intention to defame or misrepresent anyone or their actions; indeed, I have the highest respect and admiration for everyone I met while on this trip, especially my teammates.
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Mount Fairweather and its west peak from the landing spot on the Grand Plateau Glacier (2008-06-11).
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3300 ft / 1005 m
    Trailhead:Grand Plateau Glacier  9750 ft / 2971 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:5 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Days 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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