StatsMountain: Atlantic Peak (13,841’)
Route: Started at the Mayflower Gulch TH (10990’) and climbed the W. Ridge via the Pacific Creek Drainage.
Elevation Gain ~2900’
Distance ~5.5 miles
Crew: Shawn, Prakash
With blowing snow and gusty winds in the forecast, Atlantic’s short and sweet west ridge with a short approach sounded like a good icebreaker to winter 2012.
At the Trailhead
With a packed Jeep road to follow, we faced our first trail-breaking (6-12”) duties after we left the road to cross Mayflower Creek en route up the Pacific Creek drainage.
We broke our way up through deep snow in the trees to ~12000’ where we left our planks since the route above looked barren and strewn with talus.
Leaving the Ski Stash
Carrying skis through here is not awesome
The wind picked up when we exited the trees... felt like 30 mph sustained with harder gusts. We plowed through.
Slowly gaining the Ridge
The ridge is short, sweet and much drier, at this time, than I was led to believe from route descriptions I read in preparation for this trip.
The West Ridge
Pacific Peak looks majestic yet slightly restless from the plumes thrown up by the winds.
Pacific Peak Stirred by Wind
Not much left of this ridge now.
A bad, masked mamajama
Mayflower Gulch is a striking place with a rugged skyline.
The Skyline of Mayflower Gulch
The sculpted fins of corniced snow make for picturesque climbing.
The Summit Ridge on Atlantic - Very Andes-like
The summit was reached. Copper Mtn is seen in the distance…
Copper Mtn from the Summit of Atlantic
The wind chased us off the summit in quick time and in about an hour we were back down at the ski cache finally able to break for a meal.
Back at the Ski Stash
A view is always nice to have during your afternoon meal…
A couple boarders wallowed in the valley below
The view over lunch
That was a good sandwich?
Name the Peak?
The ski through the trees was low-angle but an absolute blast all the same. We were back down at our skin track in no time. The ski down the 1.1 mile stretch of packed Jeep road took all of 15 minutes and we were back down with plenty of time to get home.