Ascent of Mount Ellinor on 2009-05-16

Climber: Sean Adams

Others in Party:Simon D.
Date:Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Ellinor
    Elevation:5920 ft / 1804 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather was perfect. Simon and I got a late start. Our initial goal was to climb Ellinor via the winter route and then traverse to the summit of Mt. Washington, then back down from there. We thought we could strap on some tire chains and bull our way to the upper trailhead. That would buy us the time needed to accomplish the stated goal given our late start. The deep, soft snow proved too much. No go on Washington. Upon reaching the summit, we could see Ranier, St. Helens, Adams, Olympus, and Glacier Peak. And of course, the glissade back down was thrilling, although bitter-sweet. No sunburn, no snow-blindness, no injuries. Altogether, a great climb.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Near perfect
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Winter Route
    Start Trailhead:Lower Trailhead  
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Route:Winter Route
    End Trailhead:Summit  
    Time:1 Hours 

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