Ascent of Golden Horn on 2017-10-15

Climber: Iron Knee

Date:Sunday, October 15, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Golden Horn
    Elevation:8366 ft / 2549 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day trip to Golden Horn from PCT trailhead at Rainy Pass. We'd originally intended to try to bag both Golden Horn and Tower in 1 day, but as recent weather patterns would have it, Tower will have to wait. The trail is already snow covered for the majority of the 12 miles approach. Not enough to need snowshoes or microspikes but enough to need gaiters and boots. I only saw one blowdown along the PCT. The route towards Golden Horn is straight forward, follow a rising northeastern traverse on mostly loose rock/scree until you reach the summit block. The one time waster for our group was the final summit block. I went straight up for the first gully in the West side of the summit block, but this is not correct way to go about it if you're scrambling, the correct gully is the second gully on the West side of the peak. The last 20 feet or so of the Horn are ice covered already so although we attempted to get up to the summit...the ice covered rock proved to be too much of a hazard for those darn 20 feet will have to wait...After spending a lot more time route finding than we would have liked on Golden Horn, we looked over to our next target, Tower,however the west ledge/gully system is already covered in ice/snow and since 20 feet of ice covered rock had proven too much excitement for one day we decided to to not attempt Tower and made the long, long trek back to the car at Rainy Pass.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Iron Knee
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