Ascent to Sentinel Peak-top of snowfield on 2020-09-01

Climber: Michael Lewis

Others in Party:Josh Lewis
Date:Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Sentinel Peak - top of snowfield
    Elevation:7800 ft / 2377 m
    Remaining Elevation:461 ft / 140 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Attempted on Southbound Ptarmigan Traverse with Josh Lewis. Cramponed up the SW snowfield from LaConte Col. Razor thin moat and wet loose rock made for poor climbing conditions despite fair weather. Couldn't find anything that could be safely down-climbed after gaining rock up to about 7800'. All holds popped off in our hands and the snow had retreated too much from the rock for a direct climb over the moat to reach the key ledge. Hopefully I can return someday earlier in season.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Ptarmigan Traverse (5 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Peak 70042020-08-31 a 
2Old Guard Peak2020-08-31 b 
3(Attempt) Sentinel Peak2020-09-01 c 
4Lizard Mountain2020-09-01 d 

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