Ascent of Black Peak on 2018-08-04
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, August 4, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8970 ft / 2734 m|
Ascent Trip ReportEasy scramble. Class 2 except for about 30-40 feet of class 3 near the top. Forgot to bring Summitpost page or any beta but tracks on the Peakbagger app and cairns get you a long way :) I made the mistake of not traversing quite far enough around the summit block on the ascent, and went up 15 ft of class 4 or so, but it worked out fine. Easily found the correct way on the descent. Crux was getting down from the saddle 200 ft or so to the top of the snow -- loose dirt garbage.
I used crampons on the way up, but it was really unnecessary. Didn't bother with them on the way down. With present conditions there was only about a quarter mile of walking on snow necessary. Short glissade on the way out.
A few minutes below the summit, I met a climber who had just soloed the NE Ridge. He did not recommend this and said if he did it again he would go with a rope and partner due to loose spots and lots of exposure. Good to know.
Talus between Heather Pass and Lewis Lake is annoying, ended up above the "trail" a couple times, but I still prefer bare ground over the snow with avalanche danger that I had last time.
I almost didn't go at all because of the forecast of afternoon thunderstorms. Fortunately, the first thunder and rain was just as I was arriving back at my car. It was smoky from the Cutthroat Fire, though.
Summit ~12:15 - ~12:40
That trail from Heather Pass to the TH sure is nice.
|Summary Total Data|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Crampons, Ski Poles|
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