Ascent of Kendall Peak on 2018-12-31
|Date:||Monday, December 31, 2018|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||5784 ft / 1762 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPerfect bluebird day. The approach was a straightforward snowshoe following a myriad of ski tracks generally following the PCT. On reaching the base of the peak, our group agreed that there was no evidence of recent avalanche activity or any other indicators, so we agreed to proceed.
About 400 feet from the summit, the route became very steep, alternating between deep, sliding powder and ice crusted snow. We all ascended with snowshoes and ice axe. The summit appeared to be covered in a cornice, so we didn't venture too far out. We all had crampons, which made the descent feel easier and safer. Most of the group were experienced climbers and agreed that this was really a borderline snow climb rather than the snow scramble we were expecting. Extra spicy for sure.
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