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Ascent of Peak 5159 on 2020-02-29

Climber: Patty Cokus

Date:Saturday, February 29, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Peak 5159
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5159 ft / 1572 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jared trip of 9 total instead of Sourdough which lacked a good forecast...loop suggested by Andy and we were successful! Moving time around 8:45am - 5:25pm? (Jared, Andy, me, Michelle, Gio (Giovanna), Jordan, Brian, Jeremy, Warren)


Met 6am at Eastgate, over Snoqualmie pass was a bit interesting, chains required except all wheel drive and it must have changed to that not long before us as there were quite a few cars without chains having some issues, spun out, in the road and putting on chains. Saw one small truck fishtailing a bit. Once past the crest and on to Eastern WA the sun was coming through the rain and we had hopes of at least a better day than if stayed on the West

Through Roslyn (Maggie's Pantry we fear is no more....still paper on the windows and no sign....)

Parked at pullout just before Cle Elum River Campground about 2250' with snow from the start but not terribly deep. Donned snowshoes maybe around 3500'? Took turns breaking trail up to peak 5159. Then on to Howson Peak and started over to look at the cornices on the ridge leading to Sasse. Weather so far had been much more pleasant than expected with sun breaks and little wind until we hit Howson then it was on and off in protected areas to more exposed areas. Some interesting spots along the way were a bit more spicy, mostly for me due to my tendency to slide in snowshoes. Weather really started to turn as we got close to Sasse with strong winds blowing lots of snow and white out but was just a short squall and we enjoyed deep blue sky contrasting with the glittering white of heavily hoarfrosted tree branches. (Why didn't I take photos of that!!!!) We finally saw the tracks of the snowmobiles we had heard. Since the weather had cleared we decided to continue on the planned path over to Not So Sasse and on the ridge, again here was my concern with cornices but it worked out and then heading down was quite steep and not as fun for many with snowshoes. At a point some of our group removed snowshoes for more comfortable travel and whilst some postholing was a better option for some. Creek crossing was quite slippery! Poles very helpful.

a) Peak 5159
b) Howson Peak (assess ridge leading to Sasse and determine difficulty of avoiding cornices - seemed doable!)
c) Sasse Peak
d) Not So Sasse

People got a variety of total figures but somewhere around 8 miles total (felt like more!) and between 4k - 4,500k gain. There were some ups and downs. A great day overall and reminded me why winter scrambling can be so fun! Scenery is beautiful and the variety of snow conditions in a short amount of time and different in elevation and sun exposure is just amazing. So glad to have done something other than MB and to use my snowshoes and ice axe!
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