Mount Daniel Climber's Log
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|goldenbeandog||Route Climbed: Lynch Glacier Date Climbed: June 22, 2002|
|Traversed the mountain to the base of the lynch glacier. Across frozen pea soup lake and up the glacier to the summit for a quick snack and a picture of me in my birthday suit standing on the summit. ( dont worry i wont submit it ). Then down the ridge back to Peggys pond for dinner and a nap. The weather was amazing, mid 80's, views of Baker, Ranier, Hood and many other surrounding peaks. Bring a camera for this climb.|
|Posted Aug 2, 2002 8:42 am|
|Joe Hanssen||Route Climbed: Hyas Creek/Daniel Glacier Date Climbed: Summer '95|
|This is a great day climb, quick and satisfying. Ski tracks came off of the middle and main summits. A frozen duck was near the top of the snowfield leading to the east peak. Pea Soup Lake at the base of Lynch Glacier remains one of my favorite glacial lakes.|
|Posted Jul 29, 2002 8:46 am|
|ClimbLer||Route Climbed: south-east ridge route Date Climbed: June 8-9, 2002|
|Departed from seattle around 9:30am (unfortunatly a late start) arriving at the snow line by 11.|
unfortunatly, the snowline was still quite low which forced us to ditch the truck and make the remaining 4 miles to the parking lot on foot which was a drag under heavy packs. we arrived at the parking lot just under 1 hour 50 minutes with several portions of the road washed out due to flooding. no more than 20 feet from the parking lot and we had completely lost all signs of the trail in the snow. so we decided to test our luck and make a dash for the first prominant geological formation on the map -a small lake over 3 miles and 4,000 feet above us through thick trees that allowed for minimal visiblity. luckily we were able to find a stream that led up to the lake. By that time the weather had begun to close in and a light snow began to fall. beyond the lake, we lost the trail once again. but following the maps provided by Beckey and Nelson we decided to follow the prominant ridge that led straight to the base of Cathedral Rock. By about 5 pm we were standing at the base of Cathedral with strong winds hitting the ridge from the north-east. Although we were still about a mile from Peggy's Pond, we decided to set a camp there on the ridge, hoping the weather would clear in order for us to see our objective. the dropping temperature formed a strong layer of crust over the snow...hoping for solid conditions in the morning. by 6:30pm the skies began to clear revieling Cathedral standing over us, Stuart to the south east, and Daniel, East Peak and the Spire to the north west.
the morning exhibited clear skies and a light breeze from the north west. by 6am we were skirting below the south-west shoulder of Cathedral, kicking steps into 45-50 degree snow slopes with fairly solid conditions. reaching peggy's pond which still lay under several feet of snow, then rounding to the north onto the southeast ridge by 8 am. Above Peggy's pond, we experienced strong winds from the Hyas glacier up to 50 mph. the snow conditions began to soften under the intense heat from the sun. and reaching up to 60 degree snow that proved to be unstable. By 9 am, we were forced down due to time restrictions in order to make an appointment to volunteer at a local climbing gym that evening. which by the way I arrived at only 5 minutes early straight from the mountain. An attempt later in the season would allow for an easier approach to and from the mountain, with a defined trail leading up to peggy's pond.
|Posted Jun 25, 2002 10:41 am|
|EasyPeaks||Route Climbed: Peggys Pond/S.E. Ridge/Hyas Creek Glacier Date Climbed: August 1998|
|This was a 2 day climb via the S.E. Ridge route. We camped on benches north of Peggys Pond, then hiked up the S.E. Ridge and traversed across the upper Hyas Creek Glacier to the saddle below and S. of the E. Peak. From the saddle we followed the trail in the scree, weaving between the various summits, to the final small summit tower on the W. Peak. This tower is a short scramble on it's S. side. This is one of the most scenic scramble routes I have ever done. Highly Recommened!|
|Posted Apr 16, 2002 4:52 pm|
|ben||Route Climbed: Hyas Creek/Daniel Glacier Date Climbed: Spring, 1999|
|A friend of mine wanted her first glacier experience, and Daniel seemed like a good choice from its description in Selected Climbs in the Cascades and the Beckey book. The mountain was starting to melt out when we were on it, but we still got some good snow camping in in the Hyas Creek basin before heading up. We ended up climbing high and right above the Hyas glacier because there was enough snow to do that safely, and we could avoid any crevasses that way. |
Once we met back up with the Hyas Glacier, just before crossing the Daniel Glacier, we debated roping up for the traverse below the East peak because there was a huge crevasse 200 feet below our planned route, but there was also a big bergshrund that we could hook our axes in, and it seemed like the danger of rockfall was high enough that we wanted to race through that spot. We decided not to rope up, but the three parties behind us did rope up for the traverse.
Overall, Daniels is a beautiful, not-too-technical climb in the heart of the Alpine Lakes.
|Posted Oct 5, 2001 3:29 pm|
|climbit||Route Climbed: W. Hyas Creek Basin Glacier Date Climbed: 8/22/2000|
|Climbed with a team of Spokane Mountaineers under Keith Howard. Started for the standard approach couloir between the prominent East Tower and the East Peak, but bagged it for an ascent directly up the W. Hyas Basin headwall / glacier remnant. It wasn't any easier but there was less scree-scrambling. Early season the other (standard) route should be all the way in snow also.|
It was clear and beautiful, cold wind blowing the entire day; both the colors of the sky and rock and the bitter bright cold were almost unbelievable! A crisp clear fall day in the mountains. Everybody but me hit the Summit. I sacked out on the East Peak for a while and then beat it down with a solo climber and shot out of camp before the rest of the team returned to the East peak. Had an appointment to keep with my 5-year old daughter... :-)
|Posted Jun 27, 2001 6:16 pm|