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Ascent of Esmeralda Peak on 2016-04-20

Climber: Michael Lewis

Others in Party:Fletcher Jordan <5427>
Heather Anderson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Esmeralda Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6600 ft / 2011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Not exactly sure on the day but it was about 2 weeks after Shuksan. Attempted with Heather Anderson, her friend (sorry I can't remember her name), Fletcher Jordan. We hit snow on the road early and had to walk about 3.5 miles to De Roux. The footbridge was good but the clouds gathered to unleash hell when we were only 100' from the top. Heather had broken most of the trail, perhaps strength training or maybe just laziness from us. A huge crack of thunder and Heather exclaimed, "Fuck this!" and turned right around with all of us scurrying like rats back to treeline while rain turned the snow into slush. Of course the weather became heavenly when we arrived back at the road. A good workout day even if it didn't work out.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3640 ft / 1108 m
    Extra Gain:120 ft / 36 m
    Route:De Roux
    Trailhead:3200 ft / 975 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy



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