Clark Mountain & Luahna Peak


Basic Glacier Climb - Clark Mountain/Walrus Glacier

Climb to the highest peak in Dakobed Range with great views of Dakobed (Glacier Peak) itself. Priority for Foothills Climbing community until 6/15.

  • Sat, Jun 29, 2024 — Sun, Jun 30, 2024
  • Foothills Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 4, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 22.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,300 ft
  • Pace: 1000-1200ft/hr

TBD, but early. Likely will require car camping near or at the trailhead.

This will be a two day climb to the summit of the Clark Mountain via Walrus Glacier. Expect two strenous, but beautiful days. The trip will go only with okay weather (we need a decent chance of summiting).

Current plan (subject to change depending on conditions) is to approach to Boulder Pass (10miles, 4k vert). The approach is known to be buggy and requires one serious stream crossing. On the summit day (6 miles, 2.5k vert) we will have to navigate some steep snow gullies and of course crevasses on Walrus Glacier. We will descend back to cars on the same day (for total of 16 miles day).

At least one participant spot is reserved for graduate of 2023 course who significantly helped with 2024 Basic Course (you can request permission after this year's Snow 1 field trip). Priority for rest of the spots goes to Foothills Basic Students who can also request permission to join after Snow 1 field trip.  I will consider expanding the roster depending how much interest for this climb I receive.

Rope leader spot priority goes to WCR/IGT graduates who significantly helped with Foothills branch climbing courses in 2023. Foothills WCR students can request permission after their Crevasse Rescue field trip (5/19) - I will be willing to expand roster to 2 assistand leaders.

When requesting leader permission, please provide what are the longest trips you did this season (3 examples: hours, mileage and vert - wise; if one trip fulfill multiple of those, provide other examples that shows your conditioning). While I am not planning to go very fast, both days are going to be long, so good endurance is a must. Please be advised that part of the route requires descending steep snow gully, so some previous experience in such terrain is strongly advisable.


Clark Mountain & Luahna Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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