Ascent of Pelion Mountain on 2017-07-15

Climber: Zak Griffith

Others in Party:Jason Griffith
Brad Baughn
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pelion Mountain
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:7585 ft / 2311 m

Ascent Trip Report

We camped on the moraine bench north of the mountain. From there we had a relatively straightforward snow and glacier ascent with one portion that was pretty steep (~45 degrees). The route goes pretty much up the left shoulder as viewed from camp. The trickiest part was getting onto the rock from the melted out cornice on the summit ridge. A belay was used here, and on the ridge itself, although it could certainly be scrambled. The summit was in and out of the clouds, but we still were able to see the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island, as well as the peaks of the Tantalus range and Whistler area. The summits of Tantalus and Dionne never came out of the cloud. Such a beautiful area!
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Ossa appearing out of the clouds from the summit of Pelion (2017-07-15). Photo by Zak Griffith.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7400 ft / 2255 m
    Trailhead:185 ft / 56 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Part of Trip: Pelion-Ossa Traverse (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Pelion Mountain2017-07-157400 ft / 2256 m
2Ossa Mountain2017-07-15 
Total Trip Gain: 7400 ft / 2256 m    Total Trip Loss: 7400 ft / 2256 m

Other Photos

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Looking down the summit ridge of Pelion towards the Squamish river (2017-07-15). Photo by Zak Griffith.
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