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Ascent of Mount Williwaw on 2015-08-29

Climber: aaron delaney

Date:Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Williwaw
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:5445 ft / 1659 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day trip with my fiancé. Our second time trying this peak, the first was as a camping trip where we got skunked on by rain but managed to at least do Elliot the next day. We chose to park at glen alps and go over the football field to black lake; the extra loss and gain sucks but beats being in the brush for an extra couple miles. When we came to the standard gully route on the south side of Williwaw it still had snow in the low gully and the rock around it seems quite polished, so we went to continued up the valley till we came to the headwall of the ridge on Williwaws south side. Here lies a nice semi grassy sidewalk that heads up diagonally over a few cliffs at maybe a class 3 scramble at its worse. After the grassy sidewalk it is a fairly straight shot to a saddle below the summit and then on to the summit. Views from the top were amazing looking out into Anchorage and into the heart of the Chugach. The ascent was rather uneventful but there were plenty of sheep out after you hit black lake as always.
The return trip went smooth until we reached the end of the scree field that starts the climb of Williwaw and realized that clouds were rolling in. After a short break at one of the water holes below Williwaw we put our heads down, quickened out pace, and started the several miles of up and downs back to the car. After passing black lake and starting the uphill to the football field we started to get a light flurry, which turned a fairly hard snowfall by the time we made it onto the football field. The view however looking down towards anchorage with superb with just the right amount of snow and dark clouds interlaced with big pockets of sunshine hitting down on Anchorage and the inlet. We slowly made our way down the football field leisurely stopping to take pictures... until the hail and thunder came in hard and we quickened our pace again to a nice run. The football field being devoid of tress and semi canyon like really makes thunder echo and scare the shit out of you when you first hear it. Thankfully the thunder and hail stopped by the end of the football field and we were left with rain back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles



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