Ascent of Gable Mountain on 2012-06-16

Climber: Anders Olson

Others in Party:Chris Dickson
Brooks McClintock
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gable Mountain
    Elevation:9262 ft / 2823 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up Lee Ridge and over a snowy Gable Pass and set up camp at Slide Lake. Early the next morning, we set out along the south side of Slide Lake and bushwhacked to the old mining cabin west of the lake. From there, we skirted to the south of a massive waterfall on Otatso Creek and continued eastward. Eventually we located a safe place to ford the creek, and continued northwest towards Gable Mountain. We gained a ridge on Gable overlooking Otataso Lake, where the route became obvious. Gained the summit ridge via Class III ledges and spent a well-deserved, windy time celebrating on top. On our descent, we forded near the inlet of Slide Lake and followed a well-worn trail around the north shore back to our camp. Took 11 hours to summit from camp. Grabbed our gear, hiked the steep trail up to Gable Pass, encountering a grizzly bear along the way, and hustled down into the forest to avoid an approaching thunderstorm. Incredible trip!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4462 ft / 1360 m
    Elevation Loss:4962 ft / 1512 m
    Grade/Class:Class III
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3262 ft / 995 m
    Route:South Face
    Trailhead:Slide Lake backcountry site  6000 ft / 1828 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4962 ft / 1512 m
    Extra Gain:1200 ft / 365 m
    Route:South Face
    Trailhead:Lee Ridge TH  5500 ft / 1676 m

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