Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2018-05-27

Climber: Adam Lievers

Date:Sunday, May 27, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed the southwest variation of the west ridge with Erik. 17 1/2 hours and 9,000' feet of gain. Found one nearly fully articulated ram skeleton around 10,600. The sustained class 3 ridge (with maybe one or two 4th class moves) was a treat, but on the descent we traversed the snowfields from the 13,000' saddle to avoid climbing the class 3 in heavy fog and snow. This was an absolute monster of a route, and I can see why it is so infrequently climbed. Next time, we will use the road. If you have a 4x4 vehicle, you can get to the radio repeaters on the ridge, which saves you about 1,000 vertical feet of road hiking, but use low range on the way down. Brought 6 liters of water but could have gotten away with 5. Trekking poles are a must, and the scree fields from 8,000 to 9,500ish and 11,000 to 12,500 are as bad as they look, and maybe even worse, especially on the descent when you are exhausted.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:8146 ft / 2482 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.5 mi / 20.1 km
    Route:West Ridge, Southwest Variation
    Trailhead:Southwest ridge.   6100 ft / 1859 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Had all ranges of weather, full sun, rain, clouds, fog, light and heavy snow
Ascent Statistics
    Time:11 Hours 

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