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Ascent of Mount Shuksan on 1994-08-21

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:Greg Bernard
Date:Sunday, August 21, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Shuksan
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9131 ft / 2783 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left home late on Saturday evening for Heather Meadows parking; slept in the back of my truck under a tarp and awoke at 0345, getting a quick start; 2.5 hours to Anne Lake, which was fogged in such that we never saw the lake; we used runners to the lake and then boots at the start of the Fisher Chimneys; somewhat raining while in chimneys making the two more difficult rock sections (about 10-15 metres each) that much trickier and slipperier; Winnie's Slide was an interesting snow/ice climb immediately following the chimneys and then up the side of the icefall; final difficulty to summit pyramid was Hell's Highway (significantly easier than Winnie's though); climbed SE ridge of pyramid (Class 3+; RM+) in mostly cloudy conditions; no difficulties on the descent - rappelled through slimy chimneys in one spot; 2 hours back to car from Lake Anne (6 hours on route up and 4 hours down, plus hikes to/from Lake Anne)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6496 ft / 1980 m
    Route:Fisher Chimneys
    Trailhead:2635 ft / 803 m
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Weather improved throughout the daily, being mostly cloudy on summit



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