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Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2011-12-03

Climber: Scott Radcliffe

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, December 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5629 ft / 1715 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was my first winter ascent of Granite Mountain. The trail was muddy at the start but I hit snow fairly soon. I used snowshoes until I started the final ascent up an avalanche chute (there were not avalanche warnings that day) where I changed to crampons and ice axe. The route up the chute was steep and fairly demanding but I was fortunate enough that a previous climber had already kicked steps up the chute. The wind was strong on the summit and the snow was blowing. I was able to glissade down the chute saving a lot of time on the decent.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Partly Cloudy



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