Ascent of Snowfield Peak on 2022-08-07

Climber: Reed Russell

Date:Sunday, August 7, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snowfield Peak
    Elevation:8347 ft / 2544 m

Ascent Trip Report

~ 16.5 m
8650' gain


Tracks are one way from Pyramid Lake

Leave TH Saturday at 1430, arrive to camp below the Colonial Glacier at 2025. The first two miles to Pyramid Lake are pretty gradual, gaining something like 1500'. The two sections of running water prior to Pyramid Lake are the most easily accessible without requiring filtration until near camp. The bugs started in earnest past this lake, as did the incline. From here, it's only 3 more miles to camp, but most of the next 3300' gain comes in 2 miles, with the last mile in the subalpine moving below Pyramid and Pinnacle Peaks. In some sections, it's easily the steepest climbers path I've ever been on. Arrived before sunset and set up camp. Didn't realize there were more bivy sites on the rock above, but we had running water down low near the glacial lake, which is visually hideous by the way.

Awake at 0500, left camp at 0615. Saw one party of three moving up the glacier as we set off. Top the Colonial/Neve Col an hour later. Neve looked pretty good. Moved fast across, a small section on the upper Neve that required some end running, with a few open big guys, but otherwise I felt it was in fantastic shape.

Saw a party ascending the north ridge, I believe two guides and a client, looked like a fun climb. Reached the saddle at 0930 and dropped gear at the saddle between Horseman's Pack and started the walk up. Eventually it turns to class 3 gully, with a down climb through a notch which brings you to the base of the final ascent to the summit. Looking up, to the right is a steep climbers path you can work your way up, to the left is a tall crack/chimney thing that we ascended. Was a lot of fun, jamming in between the two features was kinda neat. Around 4 hours from camp to summit. Fantastic views south, the Eldorado group from this angle I had never seen before, as with Buckner, Boston, and Sahale.

Left summit at 1200, back to camp at 1430, departing there at 1530, arrivng at the cars at 1930.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8650 ft / 2636 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1453 ft / 442 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:8650 ft / 2636 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 7197 ft / 2194 m; Extra: 1453 ft / 442m
    Loss on way in:1453 ft / 442 m
    Distance:16.5 mi / 26.6 km
    Route:Neve Glacier/W Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Pyramid Lake TH  1150 ft / 350 m
Descent Statistics
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