Ascent of Galleon Mountain on 2022-04-23

Climber: Reed Russell

Others in Party:Christian Rudnick
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 23, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Galleon Mountain
    Elevation:5283 ft / 1610 m

Ascent Trip Report

Met Chris at Garfield Ledges and we drove his car further up the road to the Dingford Creek TH. Our plan was to combine Galleon with Sorcery, so we parked there and then walked the road back to the start of the Green Ridge Trail. Not a bad climbers path, snow started around 2800' and was consolidated by 3000'. We lost the path a few times, no big deal just stay on the spur to about 3400' and start the brief sidehill traverse to a small talus section. We took a break here and put on snowshoes.

We followed east of the Green Ridge Creek. I guess theres probably a trail here in the summer, I couldn't tell though, we just meandered through the trees. Walked the northern bank of Green Ridge Lake, then at Hi-Low Lake we crossed the creek just before the lake. We wanted to make the saddle between the point after the notch and the further southern rocky outcropping, so we picked the path of least resistance up the western slopes of Galleon. We ended up hitting the rocky outcropping, so we came up a little too far south, but wasnt a problem. We traversed a little north and crested the ridge exactly at the saddle.

The notch looked a lot gnarlier than it was, and I think with the conditions we had coming up the gulley directly into the notch would have been the most fun approach. If I were to do this again that would be my route. A brief drop down with some good exposure off the east side of the ridge. Started climbing back up on the summit block. A fall on this section has a runout directly down into the gully to the west and would be catastrophic to the east. Really interesting views from this peak, could see deep into the Alpental area, as far as the Tooth.

Decided not to continue on to Sorcery, as the only feasible route down looked to be a traverse over to Galleon South, then working back down north into the basin above Horseshoe Lake and while we could have pulled this off, we decided the sloppy conditions would slow us down quite a bit. Bummed we parked at Dingford haha

Overall, 8.3 miles, 3900' gain, and 10.5 hours, with probably 45 minutes on the summit. The snow is going quick, during the climb it probably receded 200-300' that we noticed. Get this one in while you still have our boot pack
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3930 ft / 1197 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3930 ft / 1197 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3930 ft / 1197 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Green Ridge Trail to S. Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Dingford Creek/Dutch Miller Gap  1353 ft / 412 m
    Time:5 Hours 22 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3930 ft / 1197 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Green Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Dingford Creek/Dutch Miller Gap  1353 ft / 412 m
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