Ascent of Luahna Peak on 2022-07-24

Climber: Reed Russell

Date:Sunday, July 24, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Luahna Peak
    Elevation:8400 ft / 2560 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped in basin at about 6550' Saturday night. Very warm, tons of mosquitoes, no wind. Began at 0645 and summited Clark at 1000 on Sunday, hung around for almost an hour. Descended back to the start of the rock scramble, where we dropped down north and scrambled down to a dense snowfield on the NW slopes of Clark. I was able to glissade about 400' vertical. Easy walking from there until the bend in the ridge where we went from moving NW to W, also great camping spots here with one improved wind break area, last flowing water we saw on the way to Luahna.

Loose scree dominated the experience under point 7970, until we began ascending underneath the SW ridge, where we were able to jump back on steep snow until beginning the rock scramble. We hadn't read much about this section, so we just kind of winged it but I didn't think there was anything too difficult. I believe we stayed a little more climbers left than most, and there was one interesting section that was pretty good climbing, certainly in the 4 range, so maybe we went off route? Time from Clark to Luahna was around 2.5 hours. Summit register was from 1993!

We retraced our steps until the slope that I had glissaded down, which would have had us climb back up the ridge on Clark. We decided to traverse lower between the SW and S slopes, rather than regain the elevation. I believe this was a mistake in hindsight, as it probably took longer to accomplish and we ended up gaining some good elevation anyways. To note, its a more complicated traverse than what you would see between Clark and Luahna, unless you have some good tracks to follow you'll likely spend time getting cliffed out and confused by the terrain. What I found that worked was to begin an ascending traverse about halfway through.

The 10-mile hike back out from camp was pretty miserable, reaching the trailhead just before midnight.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2200 ft / 670 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2200 ft / 670 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Bivouac
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2200 ft / 670 m
    Loss on way in:2200 ft / 670 m
    Distance:14.8 mi / 23.8 km
    Route:Clark/SW Face
    Start Trailhead:White River TH  
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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