Greg_W Posted March 22, 2004 Share Posted March 22, 2004 (edited) Climb: McClellan Butte-One that went up... Date of Climb: 3/20/2004 Trip Report: Saturday was slated for training. I e-mailed to invite an acquaintance, but he never responded. I was only One . Sounds of my roommates shuffling around early on Saturday morning awakened me and got me motivated. By 6:45, me and my trusty Chevy Silverado were ready to Ride the Lightning out of the City to my destination: McClellan Butte (5,128’). I arrived at the trailhead to find that no one else was there. As I headed up the trail, I realized that Nothing Else Matters but this very moment and the experience I was having. Pretty soon the trail ran out as I moved up through the trees and it felt like I was twisting turning through [a] never of trees until I broke out into an opening below the first rock step. The sun was shining and the snow conditions were ideal: 4-6” of one- or two-day-old snow over a solid consolidated base (almost no postholing). The wind was howling and it was nice and cold. Miserable to some, but the idea of good weather is in the Eye of the Beholder , in my opinion. I passed the rock step on the right, but keeping the major couloir on my right, trying to stay in the trees. The wind had scoured off loose snow in places to reveal solid, frozen snow. I decided to put on my aluminum crampons for better traction and to be able to move a little faster. I continued up, keeping close to the ridge and out of the couloir. I reached a shoulder of rock which I guessed to be at about the 4,800’ level. Unfortunately, to get to where I wanted to go, I needed to cross a windloaded slab, which was currently baking in the sun. I thought “what would James/Lars/Jason/Kirk Do?” (WWJLJKD?) Well, I figured those guys don’t know fuck all about windloaded slabs or analysis of snow conditions, so I made up my own mind. That slab looked troublesome and I figured I’d gotten a good workout already. I took a long break on this outcrop of rock and snow. Being alone on outings like this always helps me burn off the Frayed Ends of [my] Sanity and re-center my self. The wind was blowing pretty hard, and as I stood there drinking in the beautiful day, I realized that this was what was meant by …seeking the wolf in thyself . It is Sad but True that some people never get to experience such beauty. I cruised down, running into Dan, Michelle, and Steph on the way up. Hope you guys had fun. Gear Notes: mid-weight hikers (used 'em) aluminum crampons (used 'em) gaiters (wore 'em) insulated jacket (used it) shell jacket (used it) trekking pole (used it) ice axe (used it) cool fleece hat (used it) baseball hat (used for last mile of hike out) change (US & Canadian, didn't use) ballpoint pen (didn't use) 30' of 1" webbing (I'm wondering, too) (6) Snickers bars (ate two) (2) power gels (didn't use) microfleece shirt (didn't use) those caps for ice screws (???) emergency space blanket (didn't use) carabiner (didn't use it) Timex Triathalon watch (checked it) clothes (wore 'em) fingerless wool gloves (wore 'em) shell gloves (wore 'em) sunglasses (wore 'em) lip balm (used it) Camelbak bladder w/2-l water (drank it) compass (didn't use it) pack to carry it all (used it) BIG FUCKIN' GRIN (wore it) Approach Notes: Some blowdown on lower portion of trail (4 or 5 tops). Pretty much snow-free to upper road/parking. Good bootpack by now. Edited March 22, 2004 by Greg_W Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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