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Ascent to The Needle-bottom of last pitch on 2014-08-06

Climber: Michael Lewis

Others in Party:Adam Walker
Fletcher Jordan and Josh Lewis
Date:Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:The Needle - bottom of last pitch
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m
    Remaining Elevation:40 ft / 12 m (11% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Part of a Snowfield tour with Adam Walker, Fletcher Jordan and Josh Lewis. I stopped shy of the last pitch with Fletcher. My boots were soaked and I wasn't feeling it while Fletcher was uncertain about testing a freshly mended clavicle. Hind sight, I probably could've done it but the exposure gave it a technical feel that made me nervous.

http://www.summitpost.org/snowfield-group-tour/925115
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:616 ft / 187 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1450 ft / 441 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:316 ft / 96 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 296 ft / 90 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Start Trailhead:7704 ft / 2348 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1430 ft / 435 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1130 ft / 345 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    End Trailhead:6870 ft / 2093 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Snowfield Tour (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Neve Peak2014-08-05 a6496 ft / 1980 m
2Snowfield Peak2014-08-06 b1777 ft / 542 m
3Horsemans Pack2014-08-06 c592 ft / 180 m
4(Attempt) The Needle2014-08-06 d616 ft / 188 m
5Paul Bunyans Stump2014-08-07 e1010 ft / 308 m
6Pyramid Peak2014-08-07 f1262 ft / 385 m
Total Trip Gain: 11753 ft / 3583 m    Total Trip Loss: 11767 ft / 3587 m



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