DaKobed Slam via Boulder Creek / 經圓石溪上達寇貝德滿貫

Kodak moment on Luahna Peak
Kodak moment on Luahna Peak

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The Lowdown on Dakobed Slam

Dakobed Slam = Clark Mountain + Luahna Peak
達寇貝德滿貫=克拉克山+露阿娜峯

Access: White River Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 2280′-8602′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available

Late Approach to Boulder Creek Camp

I wanted the pups to come along, so we took the scramble route via the south face. We hiked into camp late Friday night so that we could start early on Saturday morning. This plan, in turn, left us with a full day to climb both Clark Mountain and Luahna Peak. I kept Sunday open for a leisurely hike out.

Getting dark
Getting dark

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En Route to Clark Mountain

The sheepherder’s trail was visible from the tent. Elevation gain from camp to the south ridgeline of Point 8373 was steady. The slope below the notch was steep and full of scree. So I kept sliding down with every step. The reported access ramp guided us down onto the south face. Then from there, the rest of the climb was reasonably straightforward.

We only needed to be on the snow for a short time to get to the summit block. Then from there, it was an easy class 3 scramble to the top. Even with two dogs, it was quite manageable. We enjoyed an extended stay on the summit while soaking in the views. It felt so surreal to think I was just on Glacier Peak over Labor Day weekend!

Summit dogs on Clark Mountain
Summit dogs on Clark Mountain

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En Route to Luahna Peak

After a quiet viewing party, we proceeded to make our way down the west face via a steep gully. The route was full of choss, so the pups weren’t too happy about that. It took some coaching for both of them to navigate through the steep terrain. From the west slopes, we traveled northwest while staying between 7400′ and 7600′.

Once we bypassed Point 7970, the last 800′ of elevation too the top was steady. There were more choss and loose rocks. The west gully leading up to the summit was perhaps the crux of the climb. I helped to guide the pups through big rocks without any issues.

Summit dogs on Luahna Peak
Summit dogs on Luahna Peak

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Luahna Peak Summit

We enjoyed another hour on top. It was so hard to leave the gorgeous views behind. Glacier Peak stoled the show on this trip. From here I got a great look at the profile of Clark Glacier. I enjoyed the immense views; I wish I knew the name of all the peaks around us. But I couldn’t wait to discover all of them as I slowly worked through the Bulger List.

Descent Back to Camp and Exit

We reversed our route on the way down. Since I saw no need to repeat Clark Mountain, we bypassed it from the southwest ridge. Then we slowly made our way back to the access ramp to the east slopes. We got back to camp just short of sunset, a long day indeed!

We woke up early the next morning feeling exhausted. After a relaxing breakfast, we packed up and headed out.

Back to civilization
Back to civilization

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