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Ascent of Atlantic Peak on 2016-08-09

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Atlantic Peak
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:12490 ft / 3806 m

Ascent Trip Report

Via South Basin.

Great day on Wind River Peak the day prior. I really enjoyed wandering the Upper Stough lakes and followed the drainage up the head north of west Atlantic Peak with an impressive cirque and a glacier remnant that had a lake now filling its middle. Still many, many layers of ice were visible in this crater with rock covering the rest. at least a couple hundred vertical feet at one point. Surely the most southerly glacier in the main crest of the Rockies left?! From here I climbed the large boulders and did some short easy 4th class to attain the final ridge (I later found this avoidable on the descent if you continue up towards west atlantics big wall further around a small spur ridge. Then traversed over the top of the Atlantic basin and scrambled up to a VERY windy Atlantic peak. I located the 80's era metal bandage box register, but there was no pencil or pen and I again forgot to bring one. This has been happening a lot lately. There were quite a few entries, but several year gaps at points. 1983 is a pretty old reg these days! I wanted to traverse to West Atlantic, but was short on time (we still had to pack out and drive back to SLC that day) also a small portion getting over to that ridge looks like possible 5th class, still far away and could not tell for sure. It was also severely windy on the ridge and I ended up enjoying the lakes on the way back via a different and more efficient route. Great area! Love the Winds!
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