With bluebird conditions and 3-4 inches of new snow, it was time to get out. It had been several years since I had summited Kaleetan Peak and it seemed like a worthy goal. Greg drove up from Seattle, getting caught up in traffic, which delayed our start to 10:30, which turned out to be a little too late. We utilized the Alpental lifts to get a boost up to the alpine bowls, traversed out to Great Scott bowl, then commenced our first climb up to Bryant/Chair Pass. After a quick skin, we started what would be one of many sections that would need to be booted. While the new snow had bonded well with the rain crust, it was not solid enough to allow any skinning on the steeper pitches.
|Kevin enjoys the rain smoothed slopes as he descends from Bryant Pass down into the Melakawa Lakes drainage.|
|Greg skinning up Melakwa Lakes drainage.|
|Our objective, Kaleetan Peak|
|Greg, at the pass above Melakawa basin.|
|More booting, as the firm layer under the fresh snow|
would just not allow any skinning