Ascent of Mount Sidley on 2021-12-22

Climber: Stephan Jesinghaus

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Airplane
Peak:Mount Sidley
    Elevation:14058 ft / 4284 m

Ascent Trip Report

Unfortunately the Basler couldn’t land close to the mountain, dropped us off roughly 8km east of the base of the mountain, where we set up our basecamp. That left us quite a long way carrying and pulling our stuff to highcamp, which we set up at around 3000m. After a day of resting there we started our summit push at 8:00 on 22nd December. A beautiful summit day, hardly any wind and sunshine. Following a new route on the east slopes we navigated through beautiful snow mushrooms and after quite a few false summits we reached the very top. Breathtaking views of the magnificent crater, Mount Waesche and the never ending plain of Mary- Bird- Land. Descended on the same route and reached the camp after around 11hours round trip. Went down all the way to the basecamp the next day, where we got stuck in bad weather for 3 days until the plane could fly us back to Union Glacier. We were for sure the most remote people on earth for Christmas 2021.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6764 ft / 2061 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Ski Poles, Guide, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6764 ft / 2061 m
    Distance:10.6 mi / 17 km
    Route:East side - first ascent
    Start Trailhead:Plateau 17km east of summit   7294 ft / 2223 m
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes

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