Ascent of North Schell Peak on 2009-10-10

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Saturday, October 10, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Schell Peak
    Elevation:11883 ft / 3621 m

Ascent Trip Report

There was more snow on the ground than I was expecting - I took the direct route up the west buttress because it looked clear of snow, and I assumed the top would be as well. There was snow on the top of the buttress, but not more than a few inches. Once at the main ridgeline, that was clear of snow, making the summit easy enough from there. The glass jar used for the register was shattered, but fortunately I had a plastic spare so I moved the registers to that, ensuring they should stay dry for another season.

On the way back, I took the more standard route (the north ridge into the prominent drainage to the west) and found that the snow in it was avoidable.

Also, during hunting season in this forest, it was recommended that all hikers wear orange (guess the hunters here are a little trigger happy, or very cautious).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3354 ft / 1022 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3354 ft / 1022 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3304 ft / 1007 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3254 ft / 991 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:west buttress
    Start Trailhead:Timber Creek Campground  8629 ft / 2630 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3304 ft / 1007 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3254 ft / 991 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:north ridge to west drainage
    End Trailhead:Timber Creek Campground  8629 ft / 2630 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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