Ascent of Harrison Peak on 2009-08-11

Climber: Marlin Thorman

Others in Party:Bryson Bechtel
Date:Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Harrison Peak
    Elevation:7292 ft / 2222 m

Ascent Trip Report

My friend Bryson and I decided to backpack into Little Harrison lake and use that as a base to climb Harrison Peak. With that in my we hit the trail and soon arrived at Harrison Lake. Just before the lake we crossed the lake and headed west trying to follow the terrain as best we could. After a mile of hiking/bushwhacking we arrived as the small secluded Little Harrison Lake. We enjoyed a great super and superb views as the sun set over the mountains. In the morning we set out for the south face of Harrison Peak (5.7+). After scrambling through the bush and rock we finally arrived on the ledge at the base of the climb. After roping up I led the pitches as we followed the easiest line up the face. The final pitch (the crux) pulls through a somewhat overhang hand crack onto a large ledge then up the crack for another 30 feet to the summit. The day was beautiful and the temperature perfect. After reaching the summit we walked off the east ridge until we could skirt back around to the west side of the peak and back to camp. That night the rain came in with a vengeance, and I unfortunately came down with a bad flu. The next day was quite miserable with lots of rain. To top it off I was still feeling horrible and very weak. We decided to cross country out going straight down to the creek. This way would be shorter by at least a mile or more but would involve lots of wet bushwhacking. We tried to stay to the rocks as much as possible, but eventually we just cut right through the brush. Finally at the bottom we followed the creek for a little while before picking up an old road just before the parking lot.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3772 ft / 1148 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3772 ft / 1149 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.7 mi / 17.2 km
    Grade/Class:Grade II, 5.7+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2972 ft / 905 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2472 ft / 753 m; Extra: 500 ft / 152m
    Loss on way in:500 ft / 152 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:South Face (left)
    Start Trailhead:Harrison Lake Trailhead  4820 ft / 1469 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3272 ft / 997 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2472 ft / 753 m; Extra: 800 ft / 243m
    Gain on way out:800 ft / 243 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:East Ridge
    End Trailhead:Harrison Lake Trailhead  4820 ft / 1469 m

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