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Ascent of Mount Owen on 2017-06-26

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Monday, June 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Owen
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:12928 ft / 3940 m

Ascent Trip Report

Koven Route. Started from lupine a little after 2 AM. Snow on trail from near the Garnetcanyon turnoff. The descent after Amphitheater lake was just melted out enough to not be a giant hassle, was able to stay in the very large moat most of the time or cross to the melted out trail when showing. The snow in Koven was very hard at times, frontpointing and I was glad to have an ice tool in addition to my mountaineering ax for this portion. Paradoxically the snow on the ridge was already turning very soft in these long days of summer (didnt even need a headlamp by around 4:45 AM!) it didnt help that it was probably the warmest day of the year in Jackson thus far the day prior. The snow traverse to the south was still decent givenits southern aspect though some parts in the middle where very soft and a fall would have been unsupportable, necessitating slow step kicking and ax plunging for a 100 yard section. The upper pitches were melted out and very easy we placed 1 nut, but that wasnt necessary. Good rap stations at multiple levels are present. By the time we got back to Koven it too was warming in the lower portions to the point that we found it faster and less tiring to rappel. I think we did 4. It was unfortunately a little too steep and unsupportable for a good glissade until pretty low. Though we did get good ones in after the waterfall and upon crossing the glacier. Long day! This route is never very technical, but it is unrelenting and added up makes it a much, much more tiring day than Upper Exum on the Grand.
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