Ascent of Black Peak on 2012-09-23

Climber: Carry Porter

Others in Party:Marla
Date:Sunday, September 23, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Black Peak
    Elevation:8970 ft / 2734 m

Ascent Trip Report

One day fast & light ascent of the scramble route on Black Peak. Smoke filled the air from the Table Mountain and Wenatchee area fires.

We left the TH at 5:30 a.m. and reached Heather Pass shortly before 7. We arrived at Wing Lake around 9 a.m. where we took about a half hour break. As we were scrambling up to the notch we found it better to stay to climbers' right. Climbers' left had treacherous footing.

From the notch we scrambled up the mostly 2nd and 3rd class ridge/gullies, following the obvious boot path and cairns until we were almost at the summit. Then we traversed right a long way around the peak, resisting the urge to head up too early, until we were next to the NE buttress and basically couldn't go any further. Then it was about 40' of exposed fourth class scrambling to the top (see note below).

From the summit it took us about 90 minutes to get back to Wing Lake where we rested again for another 45 minutes. From Wing Lake it took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get back to the cars. All in all, we finished the day in less than 12 hours and could have probably done it in 9 or 10 if we cut our breaks back.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4970 ft / 1513 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:south ridge
    Trailhead:Rainy Pass picnic area  4800 ft / 1463 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:6 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Carry Porter
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