Colchuck Lake: think snow, snow and more snow

Dragontail and Colchuck Peaks covered in snow. Hello winter in June! Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

After nixing our Rainier climb due to questionable weather and avy conditions (turned out to be a very, very good call since a massive slab avalanche went at 4:45am Sat morning burying 12 climbers on the Ingraham Direct), we headed to Leavenworth for a weekend of heavypack training, rock climbing, and hanging with great friends!

A big thank you to Peter’s friend Julie who let us “rough it” at her oh-so cute and comfy home!  About as roughing it as I got this weekend was whipping out my new collapsible climbing mug for tea.  Wanted to play with my new toy.

We kicked off “another weekend in Leavenworth”, with a hike in the sun and snow to Colchuck Lake.  Peter and I took our heavy glacier packs up for some much needed practice in suffering with a heavy pack.  My new Black Diamond Innova 60 pack exceeded my expectations and blew me away with how well it fit, moved with me and how comfortable it make carrying 35 lbs.  The real test will come on Rainier round 2 in a few weeks; I will post a gear review after that trip.  But right now the initial trial run makes this pack look really promising!

On the hike up to Colchuck Lake we ran into snow about 1/3 of the way up.  There is a solid stampede of tracks all the way up, though with the warm weather and the melting snow, the occasional post-hole jumped up and bit us.  Up at Colchuck Lake, Dragontail and Colchuck looked more like winter than June.  Asgard pass and Colchuck Couloir were filled with snow and avy debris.  It was a gorgeous day though and with how long it’s been since us Seattleites have seen the sun, Peter and I hung out and soaked up some rays.

This cutie tried to serenade us for our food. Kind of like The Sirens. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Asgaard Pass. Colchuck Lake. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Colchuck Couloir. Colchuck Lake. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Dragontail and Colchuck. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

Heavypack training means we brought everything including the kitchen sink and Peter's badass and heavy camera. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

My with my beloved CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe. Light as a feather but strong as nanotech steel. Photo taken by Peter Carey.

Peter in photographer mode. Photo by Genevieve Hathaway.

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~ by Genevieve Hathaway on June 8, 2010.

2 Responses to “Colchuck Lake: think snow, snow and more snow”

  1. I tried to backpack The Enchantment Lakes two years ago before June 15th ( to “save” money on permits :), but the snow was so deep ( and I didn’t have snowshoes) that I had to turn back ( I did camp a night under Dragontail Peak )

  2. […] Colchuck Lake: think snow, snow and more snow June 2010 […]

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