Ascent of Cond Peak on 2017-08-21

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cond Peak
    Location:Canada-British Columbia
    Elevation:9190 ft / 2801 m

Ascent Trip Report

7h30 day hike from S, Gibson Lake trailhead, via Keyhole route, good trail, nice boulder field then glacier/snowfield, easy snow to 30deg, axe and crampons but no rope as no sign of crevassing. May be possible to avoid glacier by keeping to rock at edge although looks steep and loose in places.

After our Upper Saddle ascent we took a motel in Nelson and left early morning for trailhead, approach road pretty rough but might be doable in 2wd with care and determination. Trailhead just past lake, chicken wire provided to protect cars from porcupines, sign advises this is an issue at night only, but we protect ours anyway, quite a novelty!

Excellent trail continues in direction driven; in 3 miles we reach unmarked but obvious fork R; we head up this, again a good trail. We reach an End of Trail sign; cairned trail continues up to L then soon crosses a stream to R, we then head straight up over large, mostly stable boulders, between patches of old snow, then up to the Keyhole (the obvious notch in skyline). Here there's a windshelter, with good view of Cond across the glacier (more of a snowfield, little if any sign of crevassing). We take a break then make the bouldery easy scramble up R to Esmerelda Peak (cairn). Bouldery scramble down to glacier, crampons on then head for summit, snow steepening to about 30deg briefly before rocky summit, vertical outcrop at highest point.

It's solar eclipse day, only about 83% here with a slight dimming of the sun, but Greg has improvised a pinhole viewer and we see the various stages of the eclipse, summitting a few minutes after the eclipse reached its maximum.

Fine view, smoke free except for a brown pall a few miles to NW - clearest view of last two weeks.

Up in 4hrs; 40mins on top, 2hrs50 down. Then into Nelson mid pm to arrange bike hire for Kootenay, and search unsuccessfully for Gladsheim route info.

Cond Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4006 ft / 1221 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4006 ft / 1221 m
    Distance:8.8 mi / 14.1 km
    Start Trailhead:5184 ft / 1580 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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