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Ascent to Mount Dade-12500 on 2011-05-28

Climber: Sandy Lara

Date:Saturday, May 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Dade - 12500
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12500 ft / 3810 m
    Remaining Elevation:1100 ft / 335 m (27% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

This was Rod Kieffer's M-provisional snow climb with Anne Marie Richardson as evaluator. Upon scrutinizing weather reports, Peter and I told Rod that it looked like it would not be possible to do the climb on Sunday as scheduled because of snow and wind gusts. He concurred. We decided to do it as a long day hike on Saturday rather than carry full winter packs to Long Lake as the rest of the group did. They set out ahead of us. We stayed at Lake Crowley with the Burnsides and left the trailhead at 4:55am in the dark. We caught up with them just before Long Lake, which is where they set up camp. We had a beautiful, sunny, windy day. We set off past Treasure Lakes to the bottom of the "hourglass" and had a steady climb. There were periodic wind gusts that required us to deeply plant our ice axes and duck down while corn snow showered from above. The snow had a crust, but was somewhat soft underneath so we could have level footsteps. We took turns leading. When we got to about 180' of the summit ridge Rod decided to call the trip because of the wind gusts that were coming from over the top of the saddle. We plunge-stepped directly down for a couple hundred feet, then removed crampons and glissaded the rest of the way. The snow was soft at the bottom and Peter and I were glad we had left our snowshoes by the last of the trees by Treasure Lakes. The rest had left theirs at camp. They followed us back to Long Lake where we took an hour break and watched the weather and ate. Then Peter and I snowshoed back to the trailhead and got back to the Burnside's at 6pm. Jack says it snowed 3 inches during the night up there. It snowed 2" at Crowley. 12.2 miles, 3000', all on snow.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3000 ft / 915 m
    Distance:12.2 mi / 19.6 km
    Trailhead:9500 ft / 2895 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Extremely Windy



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