April Peak Climber's Log

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awilsondc - Sep 3, 2013 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2013

Wowzers!  Sucess!

I think I underestimated this one a little. Having no information other than being in the area before and a sentence or two from OMCG, this one was more difficult than I had thought. The trail was easy, but the bushwacking was rough. Not to bad by bushwacking standards, but there was left over rain drops/ morning dew on all the plants so I got SOAKED! The first section took over 1hr 45min to go about 1 mile. The scramble up to the saddle was relative uneventful but it took some route finding to get across the icy snow patch, eventually I settled on walking the knife edge of the snow moat.

From the saddle to the summit was much more complex than I had anticipated. More route finding, several go up a few moves... no too difficult, find another route... too difficult, find another route before I finally made my way up the gully. OMCG says 3 hours from the Tunnel Creek Shelter to the summit and that's about exactly what it took me which I though I had gone fairly slow especially with all the route finding. My lack of speed cost me some views as it was clear when I was at the saddle, but clouds had started to roll in by the time I got to the summit. I still did get some good views though so not a total dissappointment. The way down was more annoying bushwacking with some game trails to follow. I was really happy to get back to the trail. All in all it took me 8 hours car to car with 30 minutes at the summit, 5 hours of which were bushwacking/cross country.

This one is interesting for me since I remember hating all the bushwacking with my legs and shoes soaked but when I look back on the trip I remember it fondly and I'm happy I went. "Euphoric recall" one of my relatives called, but this was a good trip for me. I enjoyed April Peak.

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