Ascent of Sunrise Peak on 1999-05-24

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Duane Poslusny
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, May 24, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sunrise Peak
    Elevation:11275 ft / 3436 m

Ascent Trip Report

Duane and I climbed Sunrise Peak (11,275) on May 24, for a school video, about mountaineering. On the way up, we witnessed an avalanche on the north ridge of Pfeifferhorn. Duane had wanted to climb Pfeifferhorn, but we agreed that it was too dangerous. I saw the avalanche debris up close in June, when I climbed Pfeifferhorn, and saw that it was a huge slide that took a lot of boulders with it. We climbed up Tanner's Gulch, then straight to the summit of Sunrise. After topping out, we decided that we would have to drop into Broads Fork Basin, and climb back up to the top of Tanners from the back. We decided to do this, due to a very dangerous section just above the pass. There was too much snow to downclimb on rocks, and too little snow to descend on snow. We finally got back up to the top of Tanners. From there it took 36 minutes to reach the car. 18 minutes of sliding, almost all the way to the bottom, and 18 minutes hiking out the flats at the bottom.
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Dromedary Peak as seen from the summit of Sunrise Peak on a spring ascent (1999-05-24). Photo by James Barlow.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4275 ft / 1303 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4275 ft / 1302 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4275 ft / 1303 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4075 ft / 1242 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:Tanner's Gulch
    Start Trailhead:7200 ft / 2194 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4075 ft / 1242 m
    Route:Tanner's Gulch
    End Trailhead:7200 ft / 2194 m

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