Ascent of Snowfield Peak on 2015-07-11

Climber: Tobias Flach

Date:Saturday, July 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Snowfield Peak
    Elevation:7600 ft / 2316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great trip with the Mountaineers. Camped at 5900ft spots mentioned in other trip reports (lots of running water there but nothing at the 5400ft camp sites). Ascent followed the maintained trail first and then a fairly good use trail all the way to the knob beyond the 5400ft camp sites. To get to the use trail keep right when reaching Pyramid Lake. There is also a use trail that looks like it climbs the talus field on the left at the lake junction but this one gets obscure shortly afterwards.

Summit day started foggy and with some very distant thunderstorms and looked like it would clear up after the sun comes out. We climbed to the pass at the top of the Colonial Glacier fairly quickly. After getting to the top part of the Neve Glacier it got increasingly foggy and we had to navigate around a couple of big crevasses. Due to the white-out we initially climbed the ridge towards the Needle instead of going for Snowfield directly. We briefly spotted Snowfield later and traversed over to the base of the ridge at which point it started to rain quite a bit. We decided to wait it out for a while but a thunderstorm rolled out right above us forcing us to abandon our summit attempt early.

We retraced our steps to camp site in mostly white-out conditions and found one the tents standing in a big water puddle. Since we had enough daylight left (none of the other summits were doable either) we decided to cut our trip short and returned to the cars that day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6700 ft / 2042 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6700 ft / 2041 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Pleasant, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6700 ft / 2042 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6400 ft / 1951 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Loss on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Route:Pyramid Lake / Neve Glacier
    Start Trailhead:1200 ft / 365 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6400 ft / 1950 m
    End Trailhead:1200 ft / 365 m

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