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denalidevo

[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

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-26_at_11-04-49.jpg

 

Deep brush

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-26_at_15-18-40.jpg

 

Approaching high camp

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-26_at_18-10-25.jpg

 

Settling into camp

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-26_at_20-10-06.jpg

 

Sunset on Three Fingers and Whitehorse

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-26_at_20-59-18.jpg

 

Glacier Peak

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-27_at_04-19-10.jpg

 

 

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_Peak_2006-06-27_at_05-50-21.jpg

 

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-27_at_07-24-50.jpg

 

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-27_at_08-05-19.jpg

 

Sloan Glacier

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-27_at_08-05-39.jpg

 

Good times!

Sloan_Peak_2006-06-27_at_08-16-09.jpg

 

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...

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