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Ascent to Mount Fremont-Saddle on 2013-08-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
Date:Saturday, August 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Mount Fremont - Saddle
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7150 ft / 2179 m
    Remaining Elevation:167 ft / 51 m (15% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Just like Carry Porter in the TR just before mine, we got chased off the peak attempt by bad weather. David and I just arrived from FL and drove to Sunrise and hoped to get an immediate hike in and some acclimation in before our Rainier ascent later in the week. We parked at the Visitor Center and hiked up the standard tourist trail shared by far too many hikers up to the Sourdough Trail. Fog was rolling in fast and it was becoming clear rain might be heading our way. At the top of the saddle and ridge we saw a trail to the right and headed up to some small un-named peak and got great views but then realized this was a side trail off the trail that heads past McNeeley Peak and down the Huckleberry Creek Trail. By the time we got back to the saddle we picked up extra gain and mileage but lost valuable time to beat the storms.

Headed around the Frozen Lake and up the Fremont Mountain Trail and now the fog was thick and the thunder was crackling around us. We had already made the highest point on the trail on the way and ready to head to the tower or scramble the true peak when rain started down on us and lightening sounded up so near us we abandoned the climb and headed back.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:970 ft / 295 m
    Total Elevation Loss:970 ft / 294 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Low Clouds
Marginal cloudy and lightening
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:940 ft / 286 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 750 ft / 229 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Loss on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Sourdough Ridge Trail to Fremont Trail
    Start Trailhead:Sunrise Visitor Center  6400 ft / 1950 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:780 ft / 237 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 750 ft / 229 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Sourdough Ridge Trail to Fremont Trail
    End Trailhead:Sunrise Visitor Center  6400 ft / 1950 m



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