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Ascent of Muir Peak on 2015-02-15

Climber: Evan Battaglia

Date:Sunday, February 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Muir Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:10188 ft / 3105 m

Ascent Trip Report

Was one of the first of the day to drive through the Longmire gate (opens at 9am)

1000 Left Paradise

Just before the big hill before Panorama Point I took off my skis and carried them. Near the top my boots were causing me such pain (especially my right shin) I had to take them off and hike up in waterproof trail runners (which performed excellently, by the way). Carrying boots and skis up at high altitude was very tough!

1400 Reach Camp Muir

Summitted Muir Peak (both summits, don't know which one was higher) by jumping from rock to rock over icy snow...

~1420? Leave Camp Muir

Skiied down, falling maybe 8 times (not too bad consider that was about my fall rate on blue runs at Stevens Pass with these new AT skis). Once it took me probably ten minutes to get the skis back on (stupid dynafit pin is hard to click in where on an incline). First part was rough/wind blow and hard/icy snow, making for a very bumpy and challenging ride. Legs were very tired and had take breaks (just standing up) every couple turns. After a while conditions got better -- 10 to 20% of the way down was actually quite enjoyable skiing. First real experience with backcountry skiing.

1610-1625 reach paradise and get in car

1647 passed through Longmire gate. Apparently though there were people who managed to make it out past 17:30.




Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3268 ft / 996 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3268 ft / 996 m
    Start Trailhead:6920 ft / 2109 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: 20150215-campmuir (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Panorama Point2015-02-151363 ft / 415 m
2Muir Peak2015-02-153268 ft / 996 m
Total Trip Gain: 4631 ft / 1411 m



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