Ascent of Mount Athabasca on 2016-05-14
|Others in Party:||Weiwei Yin|
|Date:||Saturday, May 14, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||11453 ft / 3490 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe two of us climbed to the top in bluebird day conditions. The mountain was covered with three feet of fresh dry snow. Freezing levels were at the parking when we left for the summit. Trail was dry except the "chute", which had 45° gradient snow, measured with digital angle meter. This was the steepest part of the entire route. Snow temperatures were -4°C consistently through the day. In the morning the south wind picked up and moved masses of dry snow on the north face of Sliverhorn, which avalanched on our route below sometime between after we crossed the glacier and before our return. The avy went down almost 2/3 of the glacier. Being caught in this could have dragged one into the large crevasse below.
Despite other reports, the steepest gradient of the North Glacier was 40°, at the traverse, measured with the instrument. We tried to make a shortcut at the exit of the Glacier, but after making a couple of holes dropped the idea and followed the homework made route.
On the west ridge of Silverhorn en-route to Athabasca. Mt. Andromeda at the back (2016-05-14). Photo by Serguei Okountsev.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Route:||North Glacier|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Clear|
Three feet of fresh dry snow.
| Time:||8 Hours 10 Minutes|
| Time:||4 Hours 45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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