Ascent of Mount Prater on 1947-08-16

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Jim Koontz
Date:Saturday, August 16, 1947
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Prater
    Elevation:13471 ft / 4105 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Split Mountain, Jim Koontz and I returned down its north slope to the saddle (12,800') separating it from Mt. Prater. From here the route up Mt. Prater follows its SE ridge over large, solid blocks. The Prater glacier could be observed in the hollow below the east face cliffs. Though small, it appeared to be still active, as a large bergschrund and morainal rings were evident. The final approach to Prater's summit involves a 15' ridge separating it from the main plateau. This Class 2 ridge is solid rock and not difficult, but is only about one-foot wide with a sheer drop-off on either side. Jim and I left an empty peanut butter jar as a register, no other being in evidence, although we found a scrap of paper signed by a Dick Bowen in July. On the way back to the Split-Prather saddle we met Ian and Cricket, who had decided to climb Prater after following us up Split. Jim and I returned to camp at Red Lake, where our group gathered for lunch and then returned to the roadhead, which took 1 hr 25 min.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2971 ft / 905 m
    Route:Via SE slopes from Prater-Split saddle
    Trailhead:Red Lake  10500 ft / 3200 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Exposed Scramble

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