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Ascent to Mount Helen-ridge just east of summit on 1999-08-12

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Daniel Dolan
Jon Buck
Keith Stevens
Chris Tetzloff
Don Tetzloff
Don Stevens
Garth Dowling
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, August 12, 1999
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Helen - ridge just east of summit
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:13400 ft / 4084 m
    Remaining Elevation:220 ft / 67 m (4% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

We had spotted this snow couloir on our 1997 trip and just had to return to climb it. We were camped in Titcomb Basin and made an attempt. We made it all the way up the couloir and on to the eastern ridge which is a short scramble to the summit. The rocks were covered in rime ice which made the final 200 feet very treacherous. While not obtaining the summit, we accomplished our goal of climbing the couloir. There was one solo guy camped in Titcomb Basin, but we had the whole mountain to ourselves all day. People with me - Don T., Don S., Chris, Jon, Keith, Dan, and Garth.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4800 ft / 1463 m
    Total Elevation Loss:500 ft / 152 m
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4800 ft / 1463 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4300 ft / 1311 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Route:Via Titcomb Basin
    Start Trailhead:9100 ft / 2773 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Winds '99

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1(Attempt) Mount Helen1999-08-124800 ft / 1463 m
2Dinwoody Peak1999-08-143280 ft / 1000 m
Total Trip Gain: 8080 ft / 2463 m    Total Trip Loss: 500 ft / 152 m



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