Ascent of Colchuck Peak on 2017-06-17

Climber: Nataliya Semez

Date:Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Colchuck Peak
    Elevation:8705 ft / 2653 m

Ascent Trip Report

From SIG Leader:
Camped overnight at 8 mi campground. Met up with everyone at the trailhead at 0430 and started moving up the trail at 0500. Reached the lake around 7 am and the talus field at 730. Had to walk around the lake as it is no longer snow covered. Refilled water and hiked up the snow field to the moraine. Reached the saddle around 1115 and the summit at 1230. The snow on the talus field was soft enough for kicking steps, however the snow in the couloir was extremely hard and required crampons. Once past the saddle the snow was very soft again.
The descent was tricky as it was just soft enough where you could glissade, but hard enough where the glissade was very fast. Plunge stepping would have required crampons. A leader did the glissade first to verify the conditions would allow people to stop, and everyone took separate tracks to avoid polishing a route.
We reached the lake around 1400, topped off on water, and headed back down. Reached the cars at 1740
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5100 ft / 1554 m
    Start Trailhead:3605 ft / 1098 m
    Time:7 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:5 Hours 

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