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Ascent of The Ark on 2018-12-08

Climber: Jon Larson

Date:Saturday, December 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Ark
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5339 ft / 1627 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful day and an interesting scramble. Not enough snow to require snowshoes just yet. We all had microspikes, but crampons would have been more comfortable for large sections.

A note about the loop between ~4000-4600ft. We ascended the south side of the loop and descended the north side. We were trying to avoid a boulder field that was unpleasant with such a light layer of snow, but instead we had to cross 2 different boulder fields. In deeper snow, staying northwest might be easier travelling. Also, going straight up to the ridge at 4400ft was unnecessarily exposed. It looks like the previous trip did the same thing and descended lower.

The summit block was exposed and icy rock, but not terrible. We used a rope as a hand line to descend since we had it.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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