Ascent of Rainbow Peak on 2013-09-01

Climber: Steve Sheriff

Date:Sunday, September 1, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rainbow Peak
    Elevation:9891 ft / 3014 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following our canoe approach, we found a good climbers trail on climber's left (northeast side) of the access creek leading to the west face route. That trail gets a bit hard to follow through one patch of blow down but keeps going beyond that. We used an undesignated camp with running water (~6,250') in the drainage heading at the Rainbow-Square saddle. Camp was about two hours from the lake and 200 meters south of the ascent drainage behind a big rock visible on Google Earth imagery (WGS84:-114.114452,48.869902). Though sufficient for a small 2-person tent, bivy bags would allow more options. It was another 3:20 to the summit from camp with some 3rd class once on the face; no significant exposure. If you're looking for treadmill scree tend too far right for the last few hundred vertical. There was running water at about 7,200' in the ascent gulley.
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