Ascent of West Wellesley Peak North on 2020-09-09

Climber: Will Thomas

Date:Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:West Wellesley Peak North
    Elevation:6490 ft / 1978 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 3 of 4 backpacking trip in the North Central Olympics

360 photos:
Peak 6152:
Thousand Acre Meadow:
Wellesley Peak:
Knerr Valley:
Bear Camp:
Dose Meadows:
Lost Peak:

Climbed the valley between Peak 6152 and Sentinel Peak to the saddle, then climbed Peak 6152 (amazing views of Thousand Acre Meadow), then walked the ridge south of Thousand Acre meadow to the twin West Wellesley peaks. I showed the South peak to be 5-8 feet higher based on barometric pressure. Then stayed south of the ridge out to Wellesley Peak. It got a bit slow traversing the south side with lots of ribs/avalanche chutes to drop down into and climb back out of. Would be much quicker to drop into the valley on the north side of the ridge (Knerr valley) as soon as you can after the west wellesley peaks to avoid that. Climbed Wellesley. Lots of loose shale at the top. I took a chute up and over the false summit. That seemed to be more protected then the chute that skipped the false summit. After that summit, I dropped down into Knerr valley. I was looking for a way to climb the North Wellesley ridge, but the summit block didn't look doable from the south, nor from the west, so I dropped down to the Dose and crossed the creek at Bear Camp. Then went up to Dose Meadows and up to Lost Pass and climbed Lost Peak right at sunset and camped in Lost Basin.

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