Ascent to Glacier Peak-South Ridge on 2016-07-03

Climber: Caleb Morris

Others in Party:Troy Baker <2948> Chris Albertson
Date:Sunday, July 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Glacier Peak - South Ridge
    Elevation:7400 ft / 2255 m
    Remaining Elevation:3120 ft / 951 m (28% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

July 2nd started at 5am and hiked to foam creek area. Overcast the first few hours, but clouds mostly dissipated with excellent views in all directions. The hike to Foam Creek to this point, has to be one of the two or three most scenic hikes I have done. We hiked up the small peaklette above the foam creek camping area to promising views of the White Chuck glacial basin and Glacier Peak. Blue skies and good temps, we looked to be set for a summit attempt the next morning.

July 3rd awoke to breezy / foggy conditions. Left camp at 2am and pressed through White Chuck area following obvious bootpath through the snow as visibility was poor. Wind started picking up with some light rain at Glacier Gap. Descended to the start of the south ridge. 4:45am, high winds on ridge with heavier rain. We walked several hundred feet up the ridge and called it off as the wind was blowing around 40-50 mph, laden with rain, and it must have been in the low 40's which felt frigid with the wind chill. Watched a group of 5 and group of 2 continue past us up the mountain as we turned back. Following this was a 3 mile walk back to Foam Creek under constant rain and wind gusts, arrived to find one of the tents whipping in the wind held by 1 remaining tent stake. Completely soaked at this point, and fairly cold, we quickly packed up camp and hiked back to the car arriving around 2pm. Rain abated just beyond Windy Pass, otherwise about 9 hours of hiking in fog, rain and wind. This is definitely on my short list of memorable climbs even having only made it to the base of the mountain. If anyone summited that early morning, I'd like to hear about the experience.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8026 ft / 2446 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2700 ft / 822 m
    Round-Trip Distance:30 mi / 48.3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8026 ft / 2446 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5326 ft / 1623 m; Extra: 2700 ft / 822m
    Loss on way in:2700 ft / 822 m
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Start Trailhead:North Sauk  2074 ft / 632 m
    Time:2 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Time:8 Hours 

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