15.5 miles of hiking • 5500' elevation gain • 2 nights
Shuksan climb. We hiked in to Lake Ann which is still mostly frozen. Found running water just east of it, beautiful campsite. So much snow up here, including in one of the Fischer Chimneys. Took us longer than expected to ascend, but it was so beautiful! Our leader called it at the base of the summit pinnacle, concerned about getting back before dark. Well it took us 16 hours to descend. Rappelling with a group of 8 us slow business, and on the second rap, our rope got stuck. Snow traverses were sketchy with steps blowing out in the soft snow. Transitioning from snow to rock also time consuming. We were fine and all our headlamps worked. Great learning experience.