Climb School Graduation Climb - Diamond
April 28, 2001
We chose Diamond Peak for our Climb School’s
“Graduation Climb“ and had a great turn-out
of strong and enthusiastic climbers.
Everything about this trip and this group was great except
The rain showers we drove through as we traveled to the
Pioneer Gulch Trailhead turned to snow as we arrived.
The hike up the N.W. Ridge took us through progressively
deeper and softer snow, but a large willing group makes
a good trail and we forged on until stiff breezes, freezing
fog, blowing ice pellets and virtual white-out conditions
called a halt to progress at the false summit.
It was another climbing lesson to see, as we turned to
retreat, that the blowing snow had completely covered the
tracks of even our large group in a matter of minutes.
We were now dependent on the compass, and the now obscured
wands we had left, to find our way back down the windswept
ridge and into the relative quiet of the woods below.
Despite not quite reaching the summit, this was a fun and
Many thanks to all who came along and especially the Obsidians
who helped at both the School and with the climb.
Peggy Lee Mathes,
Mark Slipp (assistant leader)
Doug Nelson, leader.