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Prusik Peak/West Ridge

[Private climb 6/13-14]
Set out from the Stuart/Colchuck TH around 9:30 on Saturday. The snow on Aasgard was melted out to about 6900'. The upper basin was a Spaghetti Bowl of boot tracks going everywhere, no crampons required. We dropped gear at Isolation Lakes around 3pm and made a run up Little Annapurna. Crampons were helpful on the Snow Creek Glacier. We made camp at the base of LA and woke early on Sunday to get in line for the West Ridge of Prusik. Hit the trail at 5am and reached the balanced rock at 6am. There were already 3 ropes ahead of us so we scouted the scramble route on the N. side from the rap back to balanced rock (there was a clear boot track the whole way so we left our axes out of the summit pack). We started up the first pitch at 7 - the climbing was awesome and went pretty smoothly swinging leads for 5 pitches. We topped out at 11:30 and had summit lunch. It took five single raps on a 60m rope to get back to the snow. There is a sketchy detached block slung at the start of the 3rd rap station with no obvious way to back it up. We made it back to camp at 3pm and to the car at 8:30pm. Dinner of beer and potato chips!

 

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