2012/9/14-16 – DaKobed Slam / 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

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.

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 scree slope below the notch was steep and full of scree. And as a result, 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 reasonably straightforward.

We only needed to be on the snow for a short time below 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!

En Route to Luahna Peak

After a quiet viewing party, we proceeded to make our way down west face via a steep gully. The route was full of chossy piles, so the pups weren’t too happy. 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. There were big rocks to guide the pups through but no real issues.

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More Summit Views

We enjoyed another hour on top; it was hard to leave the summit and the panoramic views behind. Glacier Peak stoled the show on this trip. From here I got a great look at the profile of Clark Glacier. As much as I enjoyed the immense views, I couldn’ name most peaks for the life of me. But I couldn’t wait to discover them all as I slowly worked through the Bulger List.

Descent Back to Camp and Exit

On the descent, we reversed our route. 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.

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