Ascent of Pratt Mountain on 2014-12-14
|Others in Party:||Dan Conley -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
Zelda the dog
|Date:||Sunday, December 14, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5099 ft / 1554 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPerfect weather for a hike! Blue bird day! We consolidated into 1 car at the Eastgate P&R as we were all coming from different directions. The trail is pretty much snow-free (or 1-2 inches of snow) all the way to the base of the boulder field. The boulder field is in that tricky time when there is too little snow to just walk over it and too much snow to see the holes and get good traction. We made good time up it anyway, arriving on top in 2 hrs 49 min. After I arrived on top, but before Dan and Johannes arrived, Ira, a solo hiker, arrived. We had seen him on the ascent, hot on our tail, so it was nice to chat with him on top. It was a bit windy to the north and east, but no wind at all just below the summit to the west where we ate lunch and chatted with Ira. The descent of the boulder field required us to enact Plan Zelda: I emptied the gear out of my pack into Johannes and Dan's packs and into my pack Zelda went. I carried her down the bottom 1/3 or so of the boulder field. Johannes had been carrying her in his arms for a few hundred feet, but that seemed unsafe for all involved. It wasn't too bad, no heavier than a heavy day pack. She was released into her natural habitat, the trail, upon arrival at the bottom of the boulder field. Trekking poles were very useful for the two-legged hikers on this hike as they helped a lot of balancing moves on snow-covered boulders.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2459 ft / 749 m|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||2459 ft / 749 m|
| Route:||Olallie Lake Tr to SW Slopes|
| Start Trailhead:||2640 ft / 804 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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