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[TR] Sloan Peak - Corkscrew 11/17/2018

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Trip: Sloan Peak - Corkscrew

Trip Date: 11/17/2018

Trip Report:

Fred and I took a romp up Slan Peak on Saturday. It had been a while since I had summited anything so it was great to get on top, plus there was a bit of early season adversity that made it just hard enough to be sweet. We expected slogging through powder on the north side, but there was a nice rain crust above about 5300'. The east face traverse across the "heather ledges" was also better than anticipated with fairly good step kicking snow. Some rime ice on the scramble made it pleasantly spicy.

 

Rain crust on the approach to the glacier, photo by Fred:

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Me in the rain crust, on the descent, photo by Fred:

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Fred on the traverse on the east face, on the descent:

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Fred near the summit:

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Fred looking smug on the summit:

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Me descending, photo by Fred:

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Gear Notes:
Axe, crampons, glacier gear, snowshoes for training.

Approach Notes:
Bedal approach, it was a bit brushy, seems worse than the Sauk if the river crossings are OK.
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Love that route. It’s been a season of giving this Autumn. I’ve been surprised by our sunny weekends. 

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Nice, thanks for the report. Excellent job making use of the atypical November weather. 

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Great TR. How long did the approach take before you broke out of the brush? How was the road to where you parked?

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