Ascent of Castle Peak on 2012-10-06

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Saturday, October 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Peak
    Elevation:8306 ft / 2531 m

Ascent Trip Report

With David Salinger and Franklin Bradshaw, three days from Seattle, via Manning Park, BC. Day 1: 10/05 we drove to Manning Park and hiked in 10.5 miles to a camp below the N face of Castle Peak. Day 2: 10/06 we climbed Castle peak via a gully above the Crow Creek basin (do not recommend unless steep gully is filled with snow); then gained ESE ridge and scrambled to Castle Peak's summit. We descended the ESE ridge to a 7,400' notch and descended the obvious gully (obvious from below). Due to it being October, the upper part of the gully was snow free and the footing was steep hard pan with gravel on top; as well as some exposed scrambling on rock in the center of the gully). We carefully descended to the small pocket glacier below. Dave and I did not have crampons (left in camp), so we carefully down climbed rock in a moat on descender's right to bypass the bullet-proof glacier (it was October...), and we returned to camp at the col on Castle Peak's north side. On 10/07 we hiked back the way we came, to the TH at Lightning Lake in Manning Park and drove home to Seattle.
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