Peak(s):  Atlantic Pk  -  13,841 feet
Pacific Pk  -  13,950 feet
Date Posted:  07/25/2020
Modified:  08/30/2020
Date Climbed:   07/24/2020
Author:  ziemkem
Additional Members:   dlintz
 Atlantic/Pacific via Southeast Slopes  

The hike from the TH went quickly. We were pretty soaked after pushing through the shoulder-high scrub oak between the two lakes that had seen some rain earlier in the morning. A quick bite at the high lake and then onward.

A beautiful approach. Coming up on the first lake above tree line.

The talus field between the high lake and headwall is arduous. It seemed that no matter how well aimed we thought we were, we were constantly correcting course and were west of the recommended route here.

There was still a considerable amount of snow in the headwall below the saddle. We headed along the left edge, aiming for the section of light rock. One of us took this up for some class 3, the other traversed 20 or so feet of good snow at the top (no traction, one pole) to black rock. Also class three. The white rock is better.

The headwall - much steeper than it appears here.

Be blasted to Atlantic and then moved on quickly not knowing how the weather would hold. Pacific looked more ominous from Atlantic than it actually was. Traversing the saddle from Atlantic toward Pacific was straight forward. There is a path that circumnavigates the 'hump' to the west between the two which was the most direct route for us. We didn't come across this until about half way into our traverse. We felt safe regardless.

Doug coming around the 'hump'. Atlantic in the background.

We had a great summit on Pacific that was soon shrouded in fog. A few bumpy glissades expedited our return and offered a safer descent of the headwall, avoiding the garbage scree we had ascended. 8 hours car to car with little priority on haste and some unintended meandering through the talus field between the upper lake and headwall.

Looking back down Pacific
Alpine lake just below Pacific.

20423_06the decent.

With rain forecasted we had the whole place to our selves. Not a drop until we were back in town. Awesome day.

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