Ascent of Mount Shuksan on 2008-06-30

Climber: Les Zollbrecht

Others in Party:Jared Wolcott
Date:Monday, June 30, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Shuksan
    Elevation:9131 ft / 2783 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left car at 4:13PM. The road was blocked about a half mile from the trailhead by downed trees. After about 1.5 miles of dry/muddy trail we hit snow and eventually had to leave the trail altogether and simply head up towards Shannon Ridge. We eventually made camp on the saddle that opens to the Sulphide Glacier basin at about 8:30PM. Cooked supper and went to sleep at 10:00 only to be awakened at 11:42 by strong winds buffeting our tent. The sky was clear so I took off the fly and went back to sleep. At 2:30AM we got up and started hiking at 3:00. At 7:30 we stopped for breakfast just below the summit pyramid. We finally reached the summit at about 8:45. There was quite a bit of snow running up the face of the pyramid. Sunny and warm on the summit (about 75 degrees). We started our descent at 9:30 and reached our camp at 11:00. Took a two hour break and then hike back to the car. We lost the trail as we descended Shannon Ridge and wacked through a half hour of Devils Club and brush; eventually hitting the trail. We arrived back at the car at 4:00PM.

4 hours and 13 minutes to base camp
5 hours to the summit
3.5 hour descent

Met a N reunion tour who had been on the mountain for 5 days. One lady had 2nd degree burns and passed out because of the stress.

Absolutely beautiful, a bit smokey due to N. California fires.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6981 ft / 2128 m
    Elevation Loss:0 ft / 0 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:6981 ft / 2128 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Sulphide Glacier
    Trailhead:Road  2150 ft / 655 m
    Time Up:16 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:0 ft / 0 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Sulphide Glacier
    Trailhead:9131 ft / 2783 m
    Time Down:5 Hours 30 Minutes

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