Ascent of Avalanche Peak on 2020-07-12

Climber: Josh Super

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Avalanche Peak
    Elevation:10568 ft / 3221 m

Ascent Trip Report

On our way out of Yellowstone, we had some extra time so I wanted to see if I could run up this one real quick. Well apparently I needed to do a lot better planning, because I started at Sylvan Lake picnic area (Shalee stayed back to relax). Tried hiking with the cat but he wasn't cooperating so he went in the backpack. Went straight up the south slope, which was not pleasant at all. Thought I would meet up with the trail which I thought came up from the southwest side, which it was the COMPLETE OPPOSITE. Got to the scree, and it was just miserable. So loose. The wind came out of nowhere and was extremely strong. Probably some of the strongest winds since I moved here. Finally I got up to the top of the ridge and it was easy from there besides being blown sideways off my route here and there. Cat hated the summit, probably shouldn't have brought him up. Descended via the trail until I had to cut back across for a woodsy bushwhack back to Sylvan Picnic area. Lesson learned on this one, do your research even on the most mundane peaks. Still great views across to the tetons.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes

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