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Ascent of Mount Williwaw on 2016-09-09

Climber: Jeff Bidinger

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, September 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Williwaw
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:5445 ft / 1659 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak lived up to its name with some pretty substantial winds at the top. Views were still pretty good with what looked like Turnagain Arm in the distance. I took the gully between Little O'Malley and O'Malley and traversed the Ballfield on the way out. There was a group of 5-6 dall sheep in the cirque at the base of the mountain who were still hanging out when I came down. I always feel like they are laughing to themselves and shaking their heads as they watch humans climb mountains. I went up the snow gully which was textbook Chugach choss and came down the rock rib to the right (as viewed from the base). The rock rib (as mentioned in someone else's post) was much more pleasant and required less scrambling. Although it looks like mostly rock from the bottom there were grassy steps that made it hikeable most of the way. I took the Middle Fork trail back which added 2-3 miles but has very little elevation gain/loss. Overall, great weather, an excellent trip: 17.8 miles, 11 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Glenn Alps trailhead  
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes



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