Devo's Climbs

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Alpine Climb: Sloan Peak via Corkscrew Rte. - June 27, 2006

On Monday & Tuesday I did my first alpine climb of the year on Sloan Peak with Phil Prins and Rich Guthrie (first time I'd climbed with Phil since McKinley in '03). We took an alternate approach via Bedal Creek - it was described as a 4 hour cross-country jaunt but we managed to push it to 8 hours with some "creative" navigation choices and extended bushwhacking. Summary: left the trailhead at noon, arrived at base camp at 8pm after being whupped and beaten by slide alder, devil's club and unseasonable heat. Went to bed to a wonderful sunset though!

RICH & PHIL REARIN' TO GO


DEEP IN THE BRUSH


APPROACHING HIGH CAMP


SETTLING INTO CAMP


SUNSET ON THREE FINGERS AND WHITEHORSE


GLACIER PEAK


Summit day stats:
  • Left camp @ 6am, el: 5,700 ft
  • Summited @ 9am, el: 7,835 ft
  • Returned to high camp @ 11:00am
  • Missed the trail on the way down - another hour of bush-whacking :-(
  • Back at trailhead @ 3pm

LEAVING CAMP


VIEW OF MONTE CRISTO PEAKS


SUMMIT


SLOAN GLACIER


GOOD TIMES!


Link: Sloan Peak - June 27, 2006 photo set on Flickr

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