Ascent of Mount Daniel on 2017-08-05

Climber: Karthik Krish

Others in Party:Dhruv Garg -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, August 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Daniel
    Elevation:7960 ft / 2426 m

Ascent Trip Report

2 of us decided to attempt Mount Daniel in a day via the SE ridge. The drive to the TH was uneventful and the road to Tucquala lake is in pretty decent shape for a forest road (the stream crossing is trivial right now). We started at 7:30 AM made it to Peggys pond by 10:30 AM and were up the SE ridge at ~7000ft by 11:30. Follow the obvious cairns. There are multiple ways to attain the ridge proper. We used a combination of rock and snow on the way up.

We then made the choice of taking the snow up to the saddle near East peak. This took almost an hour since the snow was slippery soft and we had to kick steps up all the way (the existing steps were faded/old). Ice axes are a necessity here and crampons would be super useful if you feel uncomfortable with steep traverses.

Once we crossed over the saddle, we could finally see Middle & West peak but it required traversing some ugly scree. My partner scrambled a little too high near East peak which meant he had to had an ugly downclimb to negotiate which added another hour. The key is to again follow the route directly to the next cairn. Once we made the traverse up to the final summit plateau it was easy going to west summit. The final summit scramble is pretty simple (follow the obvious gulley up). We made the summit by 2:50PM. Started down by 3:10PM and were back to the car at 8:00PM.

The crux of the climb is the traverse across the snow to East peak and then the scree traverse to the final summit plateau. Take your time here!
Summary Total Data
    Route:SE Ridge
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Smoky because of all the wildfires
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Karthik Krish
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