Ascent of Dragontail Peak on 2018-10-05

Climber: Zak Griffith

Others in Party:Brad Baughn
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, October 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Dragontail Peak
    Elevation:8840 ft / 2694 m

Ascent Trip Report

We ascended the easy route via Aasgard Pass and the glacier remnant. It would've been a lot easier if we had gone in the summer, as what was left of the glacier was almost entirely ice. The forecast was for snow showers in the afternoon, but we were hoping we could beat them. We did not. It started snowing in earnest when we were climbing the glacier, and it never stopped the rest of the day. We left the car in the dark at 5:47am, and made it to the peak at about 12:45pm. We were slowed down a bit trying to get from the glacier to the ridge as there was fresh snow on the rock, and we tried several places until we finally found something with positive footholds. The summit views were nonexistent, but there were no crowds! We expected that the snow would not be sticking too far down, but we were very wrong. About an inch of fresh snow on all the rocks and boulders was waiting for us on our descent to Colchuck lake. We kept our crampons on for much more of the descent than I ever would have imagined. The snow stuck to the ground well below the lake, down to about 4400ft! The descent took us so much longer than we ever thought, and we were pretty wiped. We finally staggered back to the minivan in the dark at about 8:19pm. Brad will never forget his 39th birthday. We should have gone to Oktoberfest in Leavenworth!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5440 ft / 1658 m
    Weather:high overcast turning to constant snow
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5440 ft / 1658 m
    Start Trailhead:Stuart/Colchuck Lake TH  3400 ft / 1036 m
Descent Statistics

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