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Ascent of Baranof Island High Point on 2014-05-18

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Edward Earl
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 18, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Baranof Island High Point
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:3750 ft / 1143 m

Ascent Trip Report

Saw a grizzly bear near the beginning of the hike, about 100 ft away from us. We scared it off. The weather started the first night in the tent, and kept up for 36 hours. Also, worst bushwhack of my life. Ended up needing to climb 500 ft out of Lake 1,831 to avoid a massive waterfall drop off. It was a 50 degree slope covered in alder, glad I didn't fall. 3 days in the Alaska bush. We opted for the float plane pickup from Green Lake at the end of day 3. Soaked and freezing, ugh... Looks like my GPS batteries died as we reached Lake 1,831. Greg posted a full GPS track, so look at that, but don't repeat it unless you are a masochist.

Pictures

GPS track of places to avoid with Greg's TR:
Greg's TR & GPS track
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Baranof Island High Point as seen from the summit of Peak 3,750 on an unsuccessful attempt (2014-05-18). Photo by James Barlow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4745 ft / 1446 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4745 ft / 1446 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3745 ft / 1142 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Route:Most difficult way possible
    Start Trailhead:5 ft / 1 m
Descent Statistics



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