Ascent of Cannon Mountain on 2015-07-08

Climber: Chad Straub

Date:Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cannon Mountain
    Elevation:8638 ft / 2632 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another week in The Enchantments Day 1 and 2
Day 1 Three of us started early on Tuesday morning so that we could be to the top of Aasgard Pass before the sun hit us. Colin geeked out on a rubber boa we found on the Colchuck Lake Trail. We took a long break by the lake at the base of Aasgard before flying up in two pushes. About 200' below the top we climbed a fun friction slab with two small waterfalls on it. I was expecting similar snow levels to our August trip last year but it became immediately apparent that would not be the case.

Our planned base camp was waiting for us when we arrived around noon. I write this as we lounge by the creek waiting for Nick to come strolling in, which he did just as the sky began turning orange and pink behind him. It feels great to be back in the core, and with a strong climbing team.

Day 2

The goals for Wednesday were The Enchantment Peaks and Canon Mountain. Colin and I turned back from the Middle Peak of Enchantment Peaks in 2014 due to wet exposed rock just below the summit.

This year we brought a rope and some pro as well as some good weather, it would seem. It took us about 45 minutes to cover the roughly 1/2 mile from camp and scramble up to the giant boulder. Robbie climbed the class 4 move to the summit boulder and set a fixed line for the rest of us.

The East Peak was clearly higher but reaching it from our side of the ridge would require some 5th class down-climbing. I belayed nick down to a ledge 40 feet down on the north side and he traversed up and across the ridge, setting pro along the way. Robbie and Colin used prusiks for protection and I cleaned behind them.

We scrambled up one more peak en route to the true summit, which was also an easy scramble. Pictures, scotch, and snacks, and we were on our way. After decending the Ridgeline towards Prusik Pass for about 1/2 mile we took a chossy gully down to the north and began or way up to Druids Plateau.

After the recent drought it was no surprise to find most of the moats and rock ponds on the plateau completely dry. We stopped at a pond halfway across the plateau and pumped some water then continued north to have a look down into Coney Lake Basin. Scrambling up Cannon was even more fun than I remembered. The massive rock pile of a summit is a pleasant mix of friction slab and boulder hopping, and the final few moves are just a bit of a challenge. The view from the top stretches across The Enchantments to the Stuart Range and beyond Glacier Peak to the north.

We cruised past the long shallow unnamed tarn on the way back to Prusik Pass, but thick clouds of mosquitos discouraged a lengthy visit. We stopped at a few opportune points along the way to study the West Face of Prusik Peak, and discuss the route for Thursday's climb.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1818 ft / 553 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1998 ft / 608 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1038 ft / 316 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 958 ft / 292 m; Extra: 80 ft / 24m
    Loss on way in:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Start Trailhead:Basin en route from Enchantment Peaks  7680 ft / 2340 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1918 ft / 584 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1138 ft / 346 m; Extra: 780 ft / 237m
    Gain on way out:780 ft / 237 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.4 km
    End Trailhead:Enchantments High Camp  7500 ft / 2286 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Enchantments 2015 (6 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Enchantment Peak2015-07-085200 ft / 1585 m
2Cannon Mountain2015-07-081818 ft / 554 m
3Prusik Peak2015-07-091400 ft / 427 m
4Argonaut Peak2015-07-105303 ft / 1616 m
5Colchuck Peak2015-07-112500 ft / 762 m
6(Attempt) The Temple2015-07-122870 ft / 875 m
Total Trip Gain: 19091 ft / 5819 m    Total Trip Loss: 14991 ft / 4569 m

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