Ascent of Middle Chiwaukum on 2019-05-05

Climber: Ananth Maniam

Others in Party:Amrit Panda -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Middle Chiwaukum
    Elevation:7423 ft / 2262 m

Ascent Trip Report

Overall recommendations for scramblers and leaders doing this trip : Best done with a group of strong scramblers in great physical conditioning. As this is not a 80%-20% on trail vs scramble. Its 100% scramble on steep off trail terrain. 


The route breaks at 0.5 miles from the trail head to the left after you cross the first stream crossing (a small one). From there its all about walking through fallen trees, bushes, and some mossy sections - till you find the ridge. 


Watch out for post holing - at this time of the year, as the snow is melting fast under the trees.


Once at the ridge - the route becomes more clear - as you just keep following the ridge to the climbers left till you hit snow at around 5,800 ft. Continue on the ridge till you get to spots where the tree cover sparses out. 


Here - you'll see beautiful views of Middle, North Chiwaukum, Arrow head mountain and others in the area. 

Continue on the ridge - at these sections - the snow gets softer owing to the warm weather. Follow the rock section and avoid the cornices to head to the first summit. Where you'd have gained all the elevation needed. 


We took 5-10 minutes at the summit. 2 members of the party decided to stop here - while the rest of us continued to our ultimate destination and took a longer 30 minutes break. It took us 5.5 hours including all the breaks

The ridge gain to Middle Chiwaukum - runs a knife ridge. We grouped together - to make sure everyone was comfortable - as the steps from the group a day earlier were a little icy. We decided not to put crampons - as the snow was soft enough.


After carefully avoiding this section - we had some rock scramble at the end and then on to the summit





On the way down - we had to use snowshoes to avoid further postholing. As always on a scramble - off trail navigation was a great excercise which everyone in the group participated on 

Overall round trip of 9 hours and 10 minutes. We stopped on the way back  for some food to be greeted with this sign 

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4671 ft / 1423 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4671 ft / 1423 m
    Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Start Trailhead:2752 ft / 838 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ananth Maniam
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