Ascent of Little Annapurna on 2014-06-08
|Others in Party:||Curt S.|
|Date:||Sunday, June 8, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8440 ft / 2572 m|
Ascent Trip ReportOn June 7, 2014, the three of us left Mountaineer Creek Trailhead at approximately 11:15 a.m. The trail to Colchuck Lake was free of snow. It took us about 2 hours to get to the lake. We ascended snow to Colchuck Col and lightened our packs then headed for the Colchuck Summit. The snow was easy to kick steps into; no crampons were necessary. The scramble to the summit was partially snow covered and very soft/post-holing. We reached the summit at 6:00 p.m. and then descended to the col where we bivied for the night. There were 2-3 nice spots. On June 8, we left camp at 5:15 a.m. and followed a snow finger up the right side of the ridge towards Dragontail. The snow was very hard requiring crampons and ax. We followed footsteps from previous day’s party. There were two options it appeared to gain the rocky ridge—we elected to follow the snow finger to the top to and bit of an airy step around on the right side of the ridge. The second option appeared to gain rock approximately 30’ below ours and required an airy step around on the left side of the ridge. We followed the rocky ridge for a short distance and then descended back to the snow and traversed the east side to the ridge running mostly east/west. It was an easy scramble to the top. Dragontail summit was at 7:00 a.m. Our next stop was Little Annapurna. The map appeared to have a high traverse but the boulder field going up to the notch we thought had to be crossed looked big, loose and unappealing. We elected instead to drop down to and walked across Isolation Lake (the glissade was fun!). It is starting to melt out on the northern side. We ascended mostly straight up to summit west of Little Annapurna and then had to drop down and traverse to the summit. We summited Little Annapurna at 9:00 a.m. Our descent was mostly a direct path around the east and north side of Isolation Lake to Asgard Pass. The trail down was intermittent snow/scree and hard to follow near the top. We arrived back at the cars at 3:20 p.m. Equipment—used ice ax, helmet, and crampons. Took 30m 8mm rope, harness—did not use. GPS recorded 16.5 miles; 6,975’ gain.
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