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Ascent of Peak 3940 on 2014-02-01

Climber: Ben Still

Date:Saturday, February 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 3940
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:3940 ft / 1200 m

Ascent Trip Report

February 1, 2014
Partners: Steve Gruhn
Objectives:
Peak 3835 prominence 885'
Peak 3940 prominence 2690'
Photos:
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I picked Steve Gruhn up at his house in Anchorage at 6:30am and started the two hours drive south to Cooper Landing with the objective of climbing up Peak 3835 and Peak 3940. After two weeks of 20-40 degrees above normal temperatures and several days of freezing we figured the snow left would be rock hard. We parked at the Resurrection Trailhead and hiked back out to the highway and headed west for 100 feet and turned up a gated road. We followed to road to about an elevation of 1000' and turned off into the brush heading towards the South ridge of Peak 3835. Fun bushwhacking through alders and devils club eventually gave way to beautiful alpine slopes. Almost no snow until the last couple hundred feet of the ridge to the summit of Peak 3835. The snow was hard pack with some serious ice in places and a light dusting of new on top.

We stopped briefly on the summit and began the steep decent down the north side of Peak 3835 heading to the 2950' pass. Not even much snow on the north side, just steep scree. We easily followed the ridge up to the summit of Peak 3940 the main objective of the day a 2000' prominence peak. Awesome views from Denali to Redoubt Volcano! We retraced our steps to nearly the summit of Peak 3835 and descended down a steep ridge into an avalanche gully and followed mostly open meadows back to the road on the flats and arrived at the car as the sun was setting.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1790 ft / 544 m
    Elevation Loss:4340 ft / 1322 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:990 ft / 301 m
    Trailhead:2950 ft / 899 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4340 ft / 1322 m
    Extra Gain:800 ft / 243 m
    Trailhead:400 ft / 121 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Peak 3940

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Peak 38352014-02-01
2Peak 39402014-02-01



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