Ascent of Mount Rae on 1996-07-27

Climber: Craig Knelsen

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 27, 1996
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Rae
    Elevation:10580 ft / 3224 m

Ascent Trip Report

There was a grizzly bear warning at trailhead. Followed Ptarmigan Cirque trail through enclosed forest - due to warning, I went slower than normal. After emerging from forest, follow spur trail to the back of the cirque on your left. Trail fades away as you reach rock slabs to the right of a gully that leads to the col above. The gully was still fully snow covered so I decided to take on the slabs. Although there was snow on the narrow col, the route was completely dry to the left of the large gendarme ahead. There are a couple options to reach the summit ridge although I will note the ridge is quite narrow in spots so the longer you wait, the better it might be overall. I found a good route beside a pinnacle with yellow splotches. There is a considerable drop off the ridge on the north side. Retraced my ascent route on descent except at the col, I glissaded down the snow filled gully.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Start Trailhead:Highwood Pass parking lot  7277 ft / 2218 m
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3303 ft / 1006 m
    Route:Same as ascent, except from col
    End Trailhead:Highwood Pass parking lot  7277 ft / 2218 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes

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