Ascent of Old Desolate on 2015-07-19

Climber: Ken Russell

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 19, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Old Desolate
    Elevation:7137 ft / 2175 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did a two day trip to this summit. Electric biked to Ipsut Creek. Didn't count distance or EG. Originally planned to stay at Dick Creek but it was all reserved. Got a back country permit for the basin north of Old Desolate. This is a dry year. Packed water from a little stream about a half mile north of Lower Moraine Park on the WT. Discovered some spring water in the gully leading up at about 6,200 ft. May dry up later in the year. A couple of very dirty snow patches left in the basin. No other water.
When you approach the slope of OD, you will see an outcropping that looks like the right side has been sheared off. I ascended just to the right of it. The HP of OD is to the right of the sheared off outcropping. The rounded summit seems highest but I also tagged the rocky one to the SW. Summit register needs a pencil.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4797 ft / 1462 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:NW basin and slope
    Trailhead:Ipsut Creek CG  2340 ft / 713 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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