Peak 7270 (7270ft) - 29Aug2021
|Peak 7270 from the glacier|
The dirt road lasts for a short time, and the shwack begins. Shwack is just a fun mental game at this point. I just shut my brain off and know it’s a part of the gig. I Was introduced to a new kind of shwack as three cliff bands went at class 4 in the middle of the Alaskan jungle. Which was kind of funny because this was the crux of the entire climb.
Though the first section was quite horrendous, getting to the alpine in this zone is epic. Across the valley, Mt. Diamond and Cracked Ice loom high in the sky. Once above the brush, I dropped camp near two alpine lakes and a small stream.
Arriving at the glacier, Peak 7270 was finally in sight with plenty of fresh snow. The glacier has plenty of crevasses along the middle of the glacier.
|More peaks along the glacier|
At the base of the peak, I started up the SSW gully. Fresh unconsolidated snow on rocks made for tedious work. The gully was always easy climbing just required some route finding and weaving left and right. Exiting onto the ESE ridge was easy, and the first half of the ridge was in sight. The first few hundred feet were the crux of the ridge, having to slide across the ridge like riding a moose.
|Heading up the gully|
|Looking down the ridge|
The ridge always stayed within class 3 and was very scenic and fun. Was super happy to have crampons as the snow became solid along the spine. You always know it’s a big day when you go from shwack to strapping on crampons and snow climbing. After strapping up, I made quick work of the ridge, and the views were unreal. Meteorite Mountain, some awesome 7kers, and glaciers were everywhere in sight.
|Spot I swapped to crampons|
|Overview of the ridge|
|Looking down from the summit|
|Mount Diamond in the morning|