Ascent of Mount Griggs on 2016-07-29

Climber: David Hart

Date:Friday, July 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Griggs
    Elevation:7600 ft / 2316 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dahr Jamail and I climbed west ridge from camp at 1800' in Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Left camp under misty clouds at 7:00am. Broke out of the clouds around 4,000'. Spent the entire day in sunshine while valley clouds dissipated slowly. Cramponed up for the hard pack snow at about 6,000'. Easy hiking led us to the summit crater where we could see across the final half mile to the summit. As noted in other accounts, the true summit is a rocky fin made up on the eastern crater rim, a quarter mile southeast of the high point shown on the maps. The GPS track ends at the actual summit, 1/4 mile southeast of where the map shows it to be. We roped up unsure of crevasses and crossed the filled in bergshrund at its left margin and gained the eastern crater rim ridge near its northern point. We easily walked the quarter mile south to the summit. The last rope length was a bit narrower and slightly exposed to the east, but afforded easy step kicking to the final 10' blocky scramble to the summit. We arrived at noon after a 5 hour hike from our camp. We spent 45 minutes on top relishing the sunny views to the coast with Mt Iliamna barely visible 100 miles north, and Mt. Douglas closer on the coast and the Mt. Katmai crater massif impressively rugged. Looking through Katmai Pass we could see Shelikof Straight and Kodiak island beyond, Mt. Martin was steaming actively all day long to the south. Barren brown colors from the valley floor were visible intermittently through the low clouds. We headed back down at 12:45pm and stopped for 30 minutes at the fumaroles on the inner crater rim on the way down. Our third partner Ted spent the day hiking the lower slopes and we met him as we descended into the clouds below at 5,400'. We arrived back at camp at 5pm after an enjoyable 11-mile, 9-hour day in a surreal landscape. The next day we forded the upper Knife river upstream of its three main channels intersecting and hiked to Novarupta (site of 1912 eruption) and hiked up Broken Mountain on the way back. This 18-mile hike took 10 hours of casual travel.
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