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Ascent of Mount Index in 1999-05

Climber: Zak Griffith

Others in Party:Jason Griffith
Date:May, 1999
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Mount Index
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:2521 ft / 768 m

Ascent Trip Report

The thunder of all of the avalanches coming off of Mt. Index was a pretty good indicator as we hiked toward Lake Serene that this ascent was not going to work out. Instead, we just hiked up the snow from the lake to the summit ridge of Philadelphia Mtn. From there, we could watch the avalanches come down one gully or another every 45 seconds or so. We could also see the white blast of Sunset Falls on the Skykomish way below. It was an impressive show of force on both sides as we ate our lunch. We went down and checked out Sunset Falls afterward. I had never even heard of it before.
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