Ascent of Red Slate Mountain on 2020-07-19

Climber: Mica Lynn Copernicus

Others in Party:Ayelet Bitton -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Rafee Memon -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, July 19, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Red Slate Mountain
    Elevation:13123 ft / 3999 m

Ascent Trip Report

Red Slate Mountain is a 20 mile hike with 5700ft gain from McGee Creek Trailhead, mostly on scenic trail, with the last mile a straightforward class 1-2 scree ridge. It took us 10.5 hours. That’s a pretty good day, for a dog.

We pulled up to the trailhead at 5:20am, with the morning light already arriving. The first couple of miles are pretty gentle, an unnotable sandy path.

We encountered a log bridge river crossing, which I confidently traversed without any help, to the surprise of the human pack.

I was so excited to be playing with my friend Piton and his cousin Kami visiting from the city! They’re small but fast.

We leaped through meadows, terrorizing alpine chipmunks and sipping in streams. The skyline was dominated by contrasting creamy granite slabs, and red-streaked volcanic scree.

I got so hot from running that I sat in a river crossing to cool off.

After passing a billion interesting lakes left and right, the human pack made their first and last stop at Little McGee to fill up their water bags. We scrambled down the talus to the water, and daiyi picked me up and dunked me in the chilly alpine lake!! Supposedly it’s because they knew it would be my last opportunity to cool off before the ascent to the pass and then the peak. I rolled on my back in the dirt to regain dignity and dryness.

rest of the trip report + photos here
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Powernap at the summit of Red Slate Mountain, before raging back down through hail and thunder! thx for the pic Rafee (2020-07-19). Photo by Mica Lynn Copernicus.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Heard thunder after we got back to treeline, and then it hailed!

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