Glacier Peak Climber's Log
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|Duseks||Route Climbed: Sitkum Date Climbed: June 21st 2000|
|Dad and I took the plunge. Stayed on top, beautifull night.|
|Posted May 30, 2005 9:17 pm|
|Aaron Dyer||Route Climbed: Frostbit Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003|
|Weather turned us back two days in a row|
|Posted Mar 23, 2005 11:16 pm|
|cascadeclimber1978||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: Septermber 2004|
|Beautiful day, beautiful mountain. We broke out of the clouds around 8,000 ft and had excellent views from the top. Spent about 1 hour on top and decended the same route.|
|Posted Nov 14, 2004 2:26 pm|
|cgailey||Route Climbed: Sitkum Date Climbed: July 2001|
|What an incredible mountain. To emphasize how attractive it is, a friend of mine and I from Anchorage both flew down to climb it. And to think that we don't have enough mountains to climb in AK!|
This route is very tame...just a long arduous hike. Well worth the effort and I would do it again in an instant. Unfortunately, our trip was cut short (we planned to hike out via the PCT heading north after the summit) by bad weather, but the time spent at Boulder Basin was most excellent. Mac and Cheese at the summit was nice as well!
|Posted Aug 29, 2004 12:58 am|
|Derek Franzen||Route Climbed: White Chuck Glacier / Disapointment Cleaver Date Climbed: July 14/15/16 1978|
|With Ann & Ken Winkes, Barb Richey and other SAC member, Tad. Long hike in to Glacier 1st day. Climbed up White Mountain on way in, great place for photos. Next day up Glacier to Cleaver, climbed directly up Cleaver and then on to summit. Fairly high winds at summit, did not hang around too long. Back to camp, good glissade down alongside Cleaver. White Chuck glacier seemed quite flat on way down. After leaving glacier members seperated somewhat on way to camp. Tad didn't show up at camp and after 1/2 hour we went searching for him. Tad was sound asleep on a boulder near the terminus of the glacier, we coaxed him back to camp before dark. Another long hike out the next day. Not too many flies, good weather.|
|Posted Aug 16, 2004 10:48 am|
|esugi||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: August 24, 2003|
|Absolutely beautiful day as can be seen from my photo submissions. |
This is my second summit of G.P. After the first time, I vowed never to return again (the 10 mile approach in one day with BIG flies eating me up was not a very pleasant experience!) 3 years later, I was back again, this time the same 10 mile approach but NO flies.
Our 3 man rope team left boulder basin at 2:15 am and summitted at 8 am. The view from the summit of this mountain is one of the best!
|Posted Mar 1, 2004 12:54 pm|
|jverschuyl||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: September 17, 2000|
|Beautiful fall day. We topped out of the clouds about 1000 feet above our camp in Boulder basin. The middle of the Sitkum glacier was icy but for the rest we did not need crampons.|
|Posted Oct 24, 2003 10:04 am|
|iandoten||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: July 12 2003|
|Clear and cool on the way up, clouds moved in while on top but good views while they lasted. Approach is not as bad as it is hyped up to be but is definitely long (and quite steep at the end).|
|Posted Oct 1, 2003 6:30 pm|
|schitthaedt||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: September 21, 2003|
|Route was mostly bare ice, except for frozen remnants of recent snowfall near the summit. Crampons were absolutely necessary. I climbed via the standard ridge and traversed around the south side of the summit spires. Lots of ice chunks were showering off of the southern faces of the summit spires, and the final chute was ice turning into ice crust over powder, a little steep with some exposure. Descended northwest side of the west summit spire, which felt shorter, a little less exposed, and was free of icefall, but was steep and required crossing the bergshrund of the Scimitar Glacier.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2003 1:05 pm|
|Paul Morgan||Route Climbed: Disappoinment Peak Route Date Climbed: August 4, 2003|
|Two important things to know about this route - first, the White Chuck Glacier does not look anything like it appears on the maps. It has receeded substantially. Don't be fooled into going up the visible portion of the glacier, the proper route continues north, then climbs thru a narrow rocky gully to glacier gap. Second, the access to the Cool Glacier from Geraldine Glacier was difficult. Expect to climb over and through ice blocks. We didn't attempt this because we were not prepared.|
Final note - observed a coyote on the upper Coll Glacier - don't know who was more surprised, him or us.
|Posted Aug 7, 2003 5:08 pm|
|lkrancus||Route Climbed: Sitkum Ridge Date Climbed: July 6, 2003|
|Took a variation of Sitkum Ridge. Instead of following the lousy rocky ridge, we shot straight for the summit from the upper Sitkum Glacier. A bit steeper, but a bit funner. Also managed to find some 60+ degree hard snow on the north side of the summit. What a finish! Had the route to ourselves!|
|Posted Jul 15, 2003 9:09 pm|
|igneousio||Route Climbed: Frostbite Ridge Date Climbed: July 6 2003|
|What a huge mountain! We hiked to Kennedy Hot Springs at 3300 ft. day 1. Though the net gain is only 1000 feet , there is probably 500 feet of up/down. Day 2 took us up the PCT to the climbers trail and up to our camp on (I guess) Kennedy ridge, around 6,600 feet. The weather was somewhat wet with the mountain socked in. Day 3 we arose to clear, warm weather! We started out at 5 a.m., parted the Rabbit Ears at 10:00, and stood on the summit just before noon. Most of the route was good cramponing snow. We set a few pickets in three places 1) right below ears on the way up, 2) after the notch on the other side of the ears, and 3) on the steep ramp right below the summit slope. This is a great route. Max snow angle was probably 50 degrees. No open crevasses, though my leg plunged into a hole that will be a small crevasse soon, right after the ears. No significant ice, but there is a small bergshrund trying to open on the final summit slope that actually held a screw pretty well. I would want some wands or at least steady GPS points in case of poor visibility though. The route winds around and goes up and down. In the few clouds we got on descent, it does get a little confusing. We used a GPS, and it was helpful on the way down. It took 5 hours to get down to camp. Day 4 we hiked the 10 miles out - 2.5 hours to KHS, then 2.5 hours to Trailhead. I'm glad we took 4 days to do this - it's a very enjoyable area and route if you don't have to take a beating as a beast of burden packing all that stuff for miles and miles.|
|Posted Jul 9, 2003 10:13 am|
|scot'teryx||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: May 31, 2003|
|The approach was hellish, as snow did not start until 5700'in Boulder Basin, and the TH is at 2300'. Plus that is about 5-6 miles in before you can skin to base camp. |
It rained on saturday night and crappy on sunday morning
I told everyone there was no way I was not going to go for the summit, since we had tracks from previous climbers, and we had 50 wands and only 3500 feet to go to the summit from base camp at the base of the Sitkum Glacier
But since it rained and was windy, tracks were hard to follow, and I went over a hidden crevasse on the lower sitkum that night when I went to yo-yo the slope but it turned out to be white out for my ski down, so it was a total waste.
Sunday morning we got up to Sitkum ridge and found our way up to the upper sitkum glacier, and around 9k it opened up to blue skies and we got above the clouds
From there on to the upper ridge it was perfect skinning, but on the ridge saddle is where I left my crampons, and of course that is where I started to boot it up, and only 200 feet up it got real icy, as the freezing level had dropped the night before as there were a few inches of freshiez. Scarpa Lasers do kick good steps evern in hard ice and rime though!
We traversed under the summit and everyone went right around to the summit and I went left since there were steps up the gulley, then went straight up that steep headwall to the summit plateau, and then up to the final summit.
The ski down was icy and Chuck and I followed previous tracks, and from the ridge saddle down to the lower ridgeline was some of the best skiing I have had this year. We skied past 2 rope teams of 3 (rope?). After the ridge it turned to mush since it had rained there and it was survival skiing from then on.
The ski down from base camp (7200) to our shoes sucked as well, but better than booting it. Our shoes were soaked that we had left there, and the hike out literally sucked since we had the skis on our packs with a full pack. I vow to never go back there again
Now alison says she wants to go next year...........
Our times were:
TH to Base camp: 5 hours
BC to Summit: 3 hours
Summit to BC: 23 minutes
BC to TH: 4 hours
|Posted Jun 2, 2003 5:09 pm|
|Joe Hanssen||Route Climbed: Kennedy Hot Springs to Kennedy Glacier Date Climbed: Summer '97|
|This was the first 'mountain' my friends and I tried to climb. We made four attempts starting in '93 before reaching the summit in '97. Lack of mountaineering knowledge and poor weather conditions prevented the first three attempts. In '97, Ryan Hembree and I climbed the Kennedy Glacier route, then climbed two pitches of 70 snow and ice on the north face of the summit block as a variation.|
|Posted Jul 29, 2002 10:15 am|
|jasonconnell||Route Climbed: Sitkum Date Climbed: July 4-5 2002|
|Missed the "climbers trail" on the way in and ended up seeing more of the pacific crest trail then I wanted to on the 4th. We only needed to back track about half a mile to get back on track to Boulder Basin. It rained most of the day on the 4th but the 5th dawned a beautiful day. Tim and I left the tent at 6:45 and topped out at 1:45Pm. The last couple of hundred feet steepened to 55+, it was late enough in the day that we were able to kick good steps into the slope. We grabbed a few pics and started down for the car, 8 hours later we were at the trail head.|
|Posted Jul 10, 2002 1:24 pm|
|magellan||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: August 9, 1999|
|Dogged by lightning, rain, and climbers heading out as we headed in. Camped at Kennedy, and then the boulder basin. Woke at 1:30 am, and finally saw clear sky. 1999 was a record snow year. Snow started at 5000' and never let up. The lower glacier was more like a snow bowl. Saw only one crevasse, well off our route. Walked past Sitkum Spire, up the edge of the Scimtar Glacier (huge holes!), and circled left of the summit block. (most circle right) I was totally overwhelmed viewing hundreds of snow capped peaks. We were the only ones on the summit that whole day. Hogging the last wild volcano!! Almost seven hours from base camp, a little slow. It was brutal walking out eleven miles (bridge out) that same day. Got to bed at home 24 hours after waking up.|
|Posted Jun 28, 2002 10:42 pm|
|scottv||Route Climbed: Disappointment Peak Cleaver from White Pass Date Climbed: 7/30/01|
|After a rest day ~1km NE of White Pass on a spur of the PCT, started ~2:30am when I awoke to find the persistent rain/mist of the previous day had given way to stars. Eager for her first Washington summit, Mila (the dog) led me enthusiastically through the confusing terrain between White Mountain and the White Chuck Glacier. Beckey's admonition is worth heeding: "advise good visibility." I was very thankful the mist stayed down in the valleys and that the moon lent a bit of light. Spent a lot of time in the dark making unique cairns and putting trios of big rocks in snow fields to mark the way home!|
Skirting the lake and the north side of the glacier around 5, dawn gave us enough light to see without the headlamp and we made quick progress. Seemed like the N/NE portion of the glacier was all dirt and rocks and giant melt holes below Glacier Gap. Lots of running water everywhere, but the hiking was fast on frozen mud and rock tops. Didn't have to touch ice, though the central and S portions looked uncrevassed and very good for walking. Three tents in the Gap were all quiet ~6 as the sun rose and sent alpenglow onto the pristine Suiattle Glacier to the S and E. Looked like a great place to sleep!
Saw nobody and barely touched snow all the way along the Cleaver. Totally easy walking with beautiful sunrise and flowers above a sea of mist. Some rockier talus sections were ankle benders, especially on the W side where a patina of frost made flat faces slippery, but staying in the sun we kept up a good pace.
Mila was a total trooper on the steepest blocks leading to the summit of Disappointment Peak. Evidence of a recent avalanche on the adjacent upper Cool Glacier made us both whine a lot. But with 2 little boosts via the collar/leash and we were on top. The final ascent was also snow-free and led to a glorious, albeit hazy panorama.
The hike back was full of good glissading and the antics of white-tailed ptarmigan who appeared worried about what a black and white wolf was doing in the alpine zone. Just barely beat the mist back over the saddle to base camp. Great route on a quiet (Monday) mountain.
|Posted Aug 1, 2001 3:37 pm|
|D Smith||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: 07/08/01|
|With skis on our packs, Scott and I started from the car at 11:00 pm on Friday, hiked to Kennedy Hot Springs. Started out at noon Saturday and reached Boulder Basin that afternoon.|
Got up around 3:00 am Sunday. . The route was almost completely snow covered from Boulder Basin all the way up. Crevasse danger was minimal, with only 3-4 small cracks as you roll over onto the upper Sitkum. Some bare ice, too, but easily avoidable. Snow was firm on the Glaciers but too soft on the snowfields. Crampons and rope were just dead weight.
Dropped our skis off 200' below the top and reached the summit just before 9. Clear views to Baker, Rainier, Adams, Puget Sound, and the Olympics.
Enjoyed turn after turn in fine Mid-July corn snow all the way down to Boulder Basin before strapping our skis back on our packs and suffering the 9 knee-pounding miles back to the car.
|Posted Jul 9, 2001 9:50 am|
|chalupa01||Route Climbed: Sitkum Glacier Date Climbed: 7/1-7/3|
|We had a great time on a huge and beautiful mountain. The first day we hiked to boulder basin (10 miles). We camped on a beautiful campsite without a tent under the great stars and bright moon. The next day we climbed with full packs to about 8200 feet at the top of the lower sitkum. We spent the rest of the day here after a 2.5 hour climb and sunbathed on the rocks. We left our tent the next morning at 3:30 for a 2.5 hour climb to the summit. The route is in great condition with ropes optional. The upper sitkum's firn line is becoming exposed and bare ice is growing. The upper scrammble is negotiable, but I would suggest going earlier to get firm snow due to exposure would make this part scary. The view was amazing, we could see Seattle, Puget Sound, the Olympics, Baker, Rainier, Stuart, The whole N. Cascades for that matter. Sunrises on the route are amazing. We hiked out the whole way on the third day, which was a long painful ordeal, but worth it in the end for the great time on the mountain. All in all, one of my most favorite climbs.|
|Posted Jul 4, 2001 1:26 pm|
|Bob Bolton||Route Climbed: Disappointment Peak Cleaver, Gerdine and Cool Glaciers variant Date Climbed: July 1994|
|We backpacked the North Fork Sauk River trail to White Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail. Took the trail north to a ridge camp before the White Chuck Glacier. Climbed from this camp. The route crosses the White Chuck Glacier and ascends to Glacier Gap, then along the ridge south of the peak to below Disappointment Peak. We roped up for the Gerdine Glaciers, crossed the high cleaver between this and the Cool Glacier, then ascended the Cool to the "col" between Disappointment Peak and Glacier Peak. Then directly up to the summit. It was a very hot day with temperatures above 95°F (35°C) in Seattle (rare) and around 105°F (40.5°C) east of the Cascades. On the descent there was no breeze and the heat was stifling. Crossing the White Chuck Glacier was like being in an oven with the sun above and the reflected heat below, with no breeze. I was unable to drink enough fluids and became almost unable to keep going. We finally spotted a boulder with a little shade and as we approached it we heard a faint trickle of water under the rocks. We were able to obtain water from that source, and slaked our thirsts and escaped the sun. We pleaded for clouds to cover the face of the sun, but this did not happen. Then when we gained strength, we went on to camp. While preparing dinner I suddenly noticed that the sky was covered with clouds and that the heat was fast dissipating. I studied the clouds and informed the party that we would soon have a massive thunderstorm with drenching downpours. This is the pattern in the Cascades when hot weather breaks with Pacific moisture finally overcoming the high pressure. We had no time to lose, covered everything, grabbed our food and tent needs, and dived into them just in time for the deluge. The storm surrounded us and we experienced its violence for hours. Some lightning strikes had simultaneous ear-splitting cracks of sound. When the lightning passed it rained hard until after sleep finally came. In the morning it was gorgeous with the typical western-valley clouds pouring over White Pass into the drier east-side air of the Cascade rain shadow. We got out of our tents and I told the others that there would be many new fires started by the lightning strikes east of us where rain didn't accompany the lightning. Sure enough we could see some plumes of smoke already. We hiked back to the cars, and discovered from the news reports that indeed many fires were already out of control. This was the summer of never-ending wildfires on the east slopes of the Cascades, and we were in the middle of their cause. We were glad that we could survive ourselves, but the pain of hundreds of thousands of acres of burned forest is still present.|
|Posted Apr 7, 2001 2:19 pm|