Ascent of Old Snowy Mountain on 2014-08-10

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Krystal Wanberg
Jamie S
Christina C
Date:Sunday, August 10, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Old Snowy Mountain
    Elevation:7880 ft / 2401 m

Ascent Trip Report

Krystal's #2 backpacking trip, Jamie's first trip, Christina's first trip with me.

SAR Summary:
- Four of us were out on a 2 day (1 night) 'intro' backpacking trip in the Goat Rocks, departing TH approx noon on Day1
- One of the crew became incapacitated/non-ambulatory during the night (I discovered Day2 AM)
- No observable improvement as of noon Day2; unable to keep water down.
- I initiated SAR (via foot-messenger) at ~1PM to assist in evacuation (before our designated 'call-time' of 10pm), it was unsafe for us to move her unassisted in her (then) current condition
-Around 8:30PM on Day2 she displayed an extremely rapid improvement (able to sit up, move short distances, and stomach food)
-First 2 SAR members arrived at the TH approx 11PM Day2 and one (Todd) began ~4mi trek to our camp
-Todd reached us at ~1AM Day3, communicated with other member at TH that we would attempt to evacuate by foot post-sunrise on Day3, then set up his bivy at our campsite
-Re-evaluated ~6:30AM Day3 and decided to attempt a 'walk-out' evacuation as soon as possible; all gear from ailing member dispersed among party
-Began descent from camp ~7:30AM, stopping at closely spaced intervals for rest & evaluation, and reached TH approx. 10:30AM.
-Debrief with sheriff deputy at TH and return to homes shortly after 5PM Day3

3.5 hours TH to camp
3 hours camp to summit
1 hour summit to camp
3 hours camp to TH (w/ SAR)

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3720 ft / 1133 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3720 ft / 1132 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.5 mi / 24.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3 beyond trail
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3420 ft / 1042 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3220 ft / 981 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Tr #96, PCT, N ridge
    Start Trailhead:TH @ NF-405  4660 ft / 1420 m
    Time:6 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3520 ft / 1072 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3220 ft / 981 m; Extra: 300 ft / 91m
    Gain on way out:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Tr #96, PCT, N ridge
    End Trailhead:TH @ NF-405  4660 ft / 1420 m
    Time:4 Hours 

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