Ascent of Abiel Peak on 2011-11-02

Climber: Chad Straub

Others in Party:Maverick(k9)
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Abiel Peak
    Elevation:5365 ft / 1635 m

Ascent Trip Report

After hitting Silver Peak, Maverick and I rapidly descended the snowy hillside through heavy winds towards Abiel Peak. The ascent is mostly a scramble over sometime loose rock, and is heavily exposed if not on one side then the other. The summit provided a clear view of Abiel Lake, Tinkham Peak, as well as Panoramic views of the Cascades and Rainier. We sat and enjoyed occasional bursts of sunshine a midst the chilling winds until I could no longer take the cold. By this time most of the icy trail had melted or softened up enough to dig in for traction, making for a more leisurely jog back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:405 ft / 123 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1665 ft / 507 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:405 ft / 123 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:Saddle to Silver Peak  4960 ft / 1511 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1665 ft / 507 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    End Trailhead:Windy Pass  3700 ft / 1127 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Silver Peak to Abiel Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Silver Peak2011-11-021905 ft / 581 m
2Abiel Peak2011-11-02405 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 2310 ft / 704 m    Total Trip Loss: 2310 ft / 704 m

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