Had every intention of bagging Colchuck and Dragontail. Turned around less than 100 feet from the saddle between the two peaks, due to rockfall. Small stuff is bad enough, but when a microwave sized rock comes barreling down at you and you still have to downclimb it later- that's just not a game I'm playing.
Climbed up Colchuck glacier, then up the ridge to the summit, picking out some fun class 3-4 steps to climb on the way up. Then descended to the col, climbed Dragontail, and came back down to the lake via Aasgard pass. Descending from the notch at Pandora's Box involved a short 15 ft step of 55-60 degree snow.
Bagged Colhchuck and Dragontail together. Great views!
Great day in great conditions. Fair skies and firm snow up, soft snow glissading down. Up and down from car on same day.
Scrambled up with only 100' or so of visibility. Combined with Dragontail, Witches Tower, Little Annapurna, and McClellan all in the same day, starting from Colchuck trailhead. Long day!
Hiked in solo to Colchuck Lake on Thursday evening. The snow froze up nicely overnight and climbed via the Colchuck Glacier with great snow conditions early Friday morning. Beautiful area!!!
After climbing Dragontail last spring break, I had to return for Colchuck this year. I had big plans of climbing multiple peaks, but knee/waist deep powder snow and a sore ankle added a lot to the travel time. I only beat the weather on the summit by a half an hour. What a beautiful place. I can't wait until next year.
Although we had planned on climbing Dragontail, we changed our route to Colchuck because of the white out. Beautiful views of the lake before we hit the cloud layer.
the area was completely in clouds when I came here two weeks ago.
On Jun22 I drove in the night before and started at 5AM from the Stuart Lake trailhead. I went up to Colchuck Col by the Colchuck glacier route. Views were very impressive, truly 'enchanting'. I had a great day overall. hardest part was the drive back to Redmond but managed to be back without events :(
After being weathered out on Rainier we decided to use our last day in Washington to try Colchuck, hoping that the weather would be better on a smaller peak. It wasn't. It poured rain on us all day. The glacier was melted down to bare ice on the steep part and had running water over the top from all the rain and melting snow. Shrund at the top of glacier was big but still passable on the climbers left.
Excellent climb for early season. Views from the summit are incredible, and the glissade down is one of the best I've done.
Nice early season climb.
Great day of climbing. Awesome views of Mt. Stuart from the summit.
On a traverse from Argonaut.
A good day on colchuck. Worth climbing just for the glissade down the Col. in the spring.
couldn't see anything in the fog, but was still a lot of fun.
Beautiful area!!! Enjoyed nearly perfect weather and spent about an hour at the top relaxing and taking in the views. Dragontail was beckoning, but not everyone in the group felt strong enough to tag both summits in a day, so it will have to wait until another day.
Beautiful sunny day and great views.
A wonderful climb on a beautiful day. Our group could see Baker and Ranier from the summit. Absolutely incredible views. Long and steep at the end, but well worth it- A very fast glissade down the glacier. Oh yah... and I climbed it in a dress :)
One day, car to car, North Buttress Couloir. Great weather, great conditions, beautiful climb.
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