Ascent of Argonaut Peak on 2016-05-17

Climber: Michael Lewis

Others in Party:Adam Walker <2650>
Josh Lewis
Heather Anderson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Argonaut Peak
    Elevation:8453 ft / 2576 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with Adam Walker, Heather Anderson and Josh Lewis via standard south route from Beverly/Forth Creek. A log was present across Ingall's creek about 200' upstream from the trail ford. Some brush contained ticks which we found unpleasant. Snow began around 5,000' and was semi-solid all day except on steep south aspects after noon where it got mushy. The one class 4 move on the right of a chokestone giving access to the East ridge for the final scramble was terrible with only one decent foothold but good class 3 scrambling otherwise. We rappelled from the belay station near the ridge and glissaded the 2k feet back to our route. Perfect late spring conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7453 ft / 2271 m
    Extra Gain:1300 ft / 396 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Trailhead:Beverly Creek TH  3600 ft / 1097 m
    Grade/Class:Class 3+
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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