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Ascent of Copper Peak on 2019-08-01

Climber: Nick Magill

Date:Thursday, August 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Copper Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8964 ft / 2732 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used the Copper Basin approach to reach the glacier and stayed climber's right on the class 2 granite adjacent to the glacier up to the east face. Glacier is looking a bit unstable, a thin snow bridge crosses the bergshrund and there are several thin snow bridges crossing tunnels carved by meltwater, particularly near the edges. The east face is class 3 mostly, maybe some class 4 and a bit of exposure towards the top. Like Fernow the rock is fairly loose in places and we placed a couple cams on one particularly exposed move but other than that we didn't feel the need to use any technical gear or rappel. Getting to the glacier is a bit bushwhacky but that can be minimized by sticking to the south when traversing and ascending the burned part of the forest.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:3/4
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Bivouac
    Weather:Drizzle, Hot, Breezy, Clear
Clear until the morning, when some storm clouds rolled in over Lake Chelan. This time of year sees a
Ascent Statistics
    Route:East Face
    Start Trailhead:~3300  8964 ft / 2732 m
Descent Statistics



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