DAY ONE (Saturday, June 11, 2011)On Saturday, June 11, 2011, Gimpilator Adam, Josh, and I embarked on what would become a two-day, four-peak trek in the Enchantments range of Washington.
On the first day, we summited Colchuck Peak. Then we traversed up the southwest couloir of Dragontail Peak to what ended up being the crux of the entire trip. Atop the couloir, at a saddle next to a point called Pandora's Box, we determined a possible downclimb route. Without the use of ropes, harnesses, or crampons, we slowly and carefully downclimbed to the more gentle-sloped south basin of Dragontail Peak. We estimated the angle of the snow crux section to be 70-75 degrees, possibly slightly more at its worst points. We summited Dragontail Peak that afternoon, and then setup a snow-camp in the Enchantment Lakes basin near Aasgard Pass during the early evening.
The first day had ~7000' of cumulative elevation gain.
DAY TWO (Sunday, June 12, 2011)On the second day, I woke up early to enjoy the sunrise and scout the surrounding areas while Adam and Josh slept-in. Collectively wanting to summit multiple peaks, we discussed several options for the day before deciding on the one plan with the best chance of success. We first summited Little Annapurna, then crossed the Enchantment Lakes basin until near Prusik Pass, and then followed the east ridge of Enchantment Peak to reach the summit of that mountain.
We returned to our campsite in the afternoon, tore-down the camp and packed our supplies, and then reached the car within 3-1/2 hours from the campsite.
The second day had ~3500' of cumulative elevation gain, making the total for the two days ~10,500' of cumulative elevation gain.
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