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[TR] Sloan Peak - Corkscrew Route 6/27/2006

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Trip: Sloan Peak - Corkscrew Route


Date: 6/27/2006


Trip Report:

On June 26-27, 2006, I climbed Sloan Peak with Phil Prins and Rich Guthrie (this was the first time I'd climbed with Phil since McKinley in '03). We took an alternate approach via Bedal Creek. It was described as a 4 hour cross-country jaunt but we managed to push it to 8 hours with some "creative" navigation choices and extended bushwhacking. Summary: left the trailhead at noon, arrived at base camp at 8pm after being whupped and beaten by slide alder, devil's club and unseasonable heat. Went to bed to a wonderful sunset though!


June 26:


Rich & Phil rearin' to go



Deep brush



Approaching high camp



Settling into camp



Sunset on Three Fingers and Whitehorse



Glacier Peak




June 27:


Summit day stats:

Left base camp @ 6am, el: 5,700 ft

Summited @ 9am, el: 7,835 ft

Returned to base @ 11:00am

Missed the trail on the way down - another hour of bush-whacking :-(

Back at trailhead @ 3pm


Summit day pics:







Sloan Glacier



Good times!



Link: Sloan Peak - June 27, 2006 photo set on Flickr


Gear Notes:

Glacier rig & rope


Approach Notes:

Bedal Creek approach = lots of bush-whackin'

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As I recollect we started on a nice trail to Bedal Basin, then headed off cross-country for Sloan. Somewhere along the way we headed up the wrong side of a drainage and had to descend into some slide alder and cross a creek to get back on track. Probably user error...

Edited by denalidevo

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