Ascent of Mount Ripinsky on 2018-06-20

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Eric Gilbertson
H-Steven Song -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Start at Home
Peak:Mount Ripinsky
    Elevation:3675 ft / 1120 m

Ascent Trip Report

We couldn't fly into Fairweather today because the weather was too nice! The extreme heat wave in SE AK made the snow at the landing zone too soft and mushy, and our pilot Drake didn't want to risk landing where he might not be able to get out (or crash). Look up what happened to Brad Washburn on Lucania in 1937.

So today we did the popular hike up Ripinsky. Many people on the trail, and great views of the area. Very hot, though--we were pretty sweaty and miserable in the 80 degree or more weather. Our ascent route was the Ridge Trail from Young Road, a moderate hike on a good trail. We took the Piedad trail (and its West Link) down--this is extremely steep and should be avoided on the downhill if you have knee issues.

We hiked from our motel in Haines and dipped our toes in the ocean before hiking up, for a sea-level ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.1 mi / 16.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3725 ft / 1135 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3675 ft / 1120 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Ridge Tr
    Start Trailhead:Lynn Canal  0 ft / 0 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3725 ft / 1135 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3675 ft / 1120 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:Piedad Tr
    End Trailhead:Lynn Canal  0 ft / 0 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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