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Ascent of Argonaut Peak on 2014-06-15

Climber: Jeffrey Wright

Date:Sunday, June 15, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Argonaut Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8453 ft / 2576 m

Ascent Trip Report

NW Arete. Followed the trip report here: http://www.tumtum.com/climbing/routes/01-05-13-Argonaut.txt It is a really awesome route description. In pitch 3: "You'll be at the base of another slab (15 ft) with several cracks." Instead, go all the way to the left of the ledge and you'll find an easy ramp. The cracks have a lot of vegetation and don't protect well. Otherwise, route description was spot on. Approach via Mountaineer's Creek. Very nice boot trail from the first switchback that mostly follows the creek. Be careful not to let another boot trail lead you away from the creek (this one brings you to Sherpa)...so, stay near Mountaineer Creek. About 100ft of slide alder, otherwise it's mostly avoidable. Crampons were REALLY nice up the couloir to the popular bivy site at 7400ft. For the descent via Colchuck, we followed the first single rope rappel from the obvious location across the summit snowfield. We avoided rapping further and instead chose to climb down the steep couloir. Only one tool required.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5053 ft / 1540 m
    Trailhead:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Bivouac
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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