Ascent of Mount Eklutna on 2020-10-26

Climber: Bryan Kraai

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 26, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Eklutna
    Elevation:4065 ft / 1239 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a day in the mountains!!! At the trailhead it was lightly raining. Once I gained a bit of elevation the rain gave way to snow. As I progressed above tree line the winds picked up little by little. I cut up a gully leading to the summit and the winds kept building. I was constantly assessing snow conditions as I ascended the gully. The snow was anchored in well by scrub growth and I felt safe ascending what will be a bad avalanche slope after another good snowstorm. As I reached the summit ridge the winds howled like a coyote!! I had to lean into the wind to keep from getting blown over. The winds drove snow and sleet into me and pelted any exposed skin, which was limited to my face. I quickly found the summit and turned around. As some parts of the ridge top were covered with snow, I kept to the windward side in the event there were cornices that I could not see as the visibility was very poor. I did manage to find a rock outcropping that afforded shelter from the winds as I re-assessed apparel and made appropriate changes. I descended along the normal trail and quickly encountered wind deposited wait deep snow. Trudging through this was very slow and arduous. Each step took a lot of work packing enough down to step on to prepare for the next step. In 30 minutes I went about 50-100 yards and I was tired. From there the trail was very slippery under the snow and I fell more than a few times. I didn't want to stop again so I didn't use my micro spikes. I just wanted to get down. I was wet from sweat on the ascent and the winds were chilling my body. I finally made it down off the Mount Eklutna trail and back to the flattish trail that leads another 1.75 miles back to the car where rain added insult to injury to my already wet self. Needless to say I was happy to see the car.
This was the 3rd time I've been up Mt Eklutna and my past trip helped me navigate my way up and down this time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2902 ft / 884 m
    Total Elevation Loss:100 ft / 30 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Very Windy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2852 ft / 869 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2802 ft / 855 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Start Trailhead:1263 ft / 384 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bryan Kraai
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