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Ascent of Colchuck Peak on 2017-06-11

Climber: Christopher Frobel

Date:Sunday, June 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Colchuck Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8705 ft / 2653 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Seattle a little after 0400 and on the trail by 0730. Easy hike up to the lake and took out ice axes and put on crampons at the base of the snow covered talus field. Snow coverage all the way up to the glacier and firm snow led to easy going up the Colchuck glacier (we experienced some minor ice fall off of Dragontail, heard a loud crack and then had a few small pieces of ice bounce closer than expected towards us off of the hard snow). Rested for a bit after reaching the col at 1300 before starting the scramble up to the summit, the scramble starts off on dirt and rock, ascends a snow field and then returns to dirt before gaining the rapidly melting out upper snowfield. We dropped packs and topped out after a short rock scramble of the summit block at 1400.

We had originally planned to link up with the west route of Dragontail but lingering dark clouds and timing caused us to decide to return another day to finish the route. On the descent the glacier had softened up enough for glissading and plunge stepping and after the long hike out we returned to trail head at around 1900.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles



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