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Ascent of Clark Mountain on 2013-09-08

Climber: Sean Albert

Date:Sunday, September 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Clark Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8602 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Patty, the dogs and I drove out to end of the White River road on Saturday night after dinner at South, we camped at the TH and woke up at 3am planning to start at 4am. A broken remote access security key problem with the car almost had us walking out to get the car towed. I figured out the car alarm could be turned off...which gave us the go ahead, but caused us to start at 8am on Sunday morning. So we lost four hours... Patty had to be back in Seattle by 6pm on Monday so we needed to try for both of these with limited daylight and a late start. We made good time up to the meadow and found the sheepherder's path about 75 yards after the camp/toilet in the meadow. We went through the small notch to the right of the double notches South of point 8373, there is a climber trail up sandy scree. The first views of Clark's summit are seen from the notch. We followed easy snow ramps to the ridge and then up to the top.

Looking over to Luahna, do we have the time to do the traverse? It was about 3pm. Well, we carried all of our overnight gear to the summit of Clark, and planned to head down to the saddle and hopefully find some running water at a small snow patch/sandy bench between pt. 7970 and Clark. We ditched our heavy stuff at the snow patch/sandy bench (7800 ft.), with running water and started the rest of the traverse at 4pm. It took us a little while to find the entrance to the easy gully with the "rabbit ears" standing slab just after the face/buttress below the summit on the SW side. Made the summit at 5:30pm, 9.5 hours from the car, and a lot of up with big packs. Everyone was pretty tired at this point, so we only spent a few minutes on top before heading back to camp.

Day two, Monday morning. We were on our way at 7am.
The lower Boulder Creek crossing, much easier due to a large tree bridge, we did take our boots off at the upper crossing (~4200). We made the car at 1:30pm, food at 59er dinner, and back to Seattle before 6pm. Probably close to 30 miles, and we didn't see anyone after the first hour on the trail.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6702 ft / 2042 m
    Total Elevation Loss:400 ft / 121 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6702 ft / 2042 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6302 ft / 1920 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Loss on way in:400 ft / 121 m
    Route:SW ridge
    Start Trailhead:2300 ft / 701 m
Descent Statistics



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