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Ascent of Cosho Peak on 2017-08-06

Climber: Fred Newman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 6, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cosho Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8332 ft / 2539 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the saddle around 7800' it is possible to cross onto the mellow upper reaches of the Kimtah Glacier and approach Cosho's E face. The slabs are a little exposed but not too bad. My plan was to continue along Ragged Ridge to exit Panther Creek, but I didn't know how to got the W side of the summit block. I explored exiting down the north ridge but turned back at yet another steep sketchy gully, and ended up looping back around to the snowfield and crossing my tracks back to the ridge. From my low vantage I thought a gully off the ridge was the way to go. After dropping down, turning right, and cliffing out, a sketchy climb up a short wall took me to the ledge I should have taken in the first place. This is the great ledge just south and around the corner from the E face slabs.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:550 ft / 167 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:550 ft / 167 m
    Start Trailhead:7782 ft / 2371 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Ragged Ridge (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kitling Peak2017-08-05 a4600 ft / 1402 m
2Cub Peak2017-08-05 b685 ft / 209 m
3Mesahchie Peak2017-08-05 c1100 ft / 335 m
4Katsuk Peak2017-08-05 d450 ft / 137 m
5Kimtah Peak2017-08-05 e1000 ft / 305 m
6Cosho Peak2017-08-06 a550 ft / 168 m
7Red Mountain2017-08-06 b1000 ft / 305 m
Total Trip Gain: 9385 ft / 2861 m    Total Trip Loss: 300 ft / 91 m



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