North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Range, Bonanza Peak, Winter Ascent
Bonanza Peak, Winter Ascent. On December 28 my brother Gordon, Mark Bebie, and I completed a winter climb of Bonanza Peak. We followed the Mary Green Glacier route to the summit on the third of five days out from Holden Village. Fortunately, somewhat consolidated snow allowed safe ski travel to the upper limits of the glacier, where at 8000 feet a snow cave was dug. Taking advantage of clear weather, we climbed the snow-covered east face to the summit ridge. The final rope-length of this ice-crusted ridge provided our only belayed climbing. We felt very lucky to have encountered such good conditions during the all too brief vacation allowed by the Christmas holidays.
Lowell Skoog, Unaffiliated