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#1151370 - 08/30/16 10:24 PM [TR] Golden Slam - Standards 8/27/2016
KaskadskyjKozak Offline
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Registered: 04/23/04
Posts: 17063
TRs: 112 Photos: 1037
Loc: Above Treeline
Trip: Golden Slam - Standards

Date: 8/27/2016

Trip Report:

My quest to bag another 9K peak (Fernow) was cockblocked by fire closures so I moved up a larch-season hike, making it a not-so-larch-season hike. C'est la vie. And it don't matter much, as a great time was had and two more Bulgers were tapped. FYMF!

We approached on Saturday via the PCT and camped at Snowy Lakes:


We set up tents and headed up to Golden Horn that afternoon.



Gully below the summit of Golden Horn. Chossy but short and mostly fun:


Golden Horn mountain p0rn:


Rappelling from the summit of Golden Horn:


We got back to camp at 7. Next day we headed up to climb Tower.

Rather than posthole in scree around climber's left of the cliff band below the cave, we opted for a clean but exposed class 3 ledge:


The chossy ledge between the cave and the main gully of Tower:



The main gully of Tower Mountain. Just clean enough and steep enough to be exhilirating and fun:


Summit stoke:


Golden Horn from the summit of Tower:


Downclimbing the main gully:




Gear Notes:
Helmet. 30m rope to rappel from GH. C4 #1 suffices for pro.

Approach Notes:
PCT is easy on the knees and eyes. Snow free.


Edited by KaskadskyjKozak (08/31/16 10:58 AM)
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#1151394 - 08/31/16 08:18 PM Re: [TR] Golden Slam - Standards 8/27/2016 [Re: KaskadskyjKozak]
curtveld Offline
old hand

Registered: 09/01/03
Posts: 1062
TRs: 22 Photos: 190
Loc: Bellingham
Nice! Been thinking that would make a fun weekend.

Would those climbs be fun for a less experienced climber? Not so much worried about the technical climbing but those gully approaches...

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#1151460 - 09/02/16 02:23 PM Re: [TR] Golden Slam - Standards 8/27/2016 [Re: curtveld]
KaskadskyjKozak Offline
Sick Spray Bird

Registered: 04/23/04
Posts: 17063
TRs: 112 Photos: 1037
Loc: Above Treeline
Originally Posted By: curtveld
Nice! Been thinking that would make a fun weekend.

Would those climbs be fun for a less experienced climber? Not so much worried about the technical climbing but those gully approaches...


The gully on GH is short and not bad. Totally fine for beginners. You might want to just lower them from the top to avoid the awkward rappel though

Tower's gully was fun for me on the ascent and tedious on the descent. It stressed out my partners (beginners) and they went a lot slower than I would have
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#1151477 - 09/03/16 10:25 AM Re: [TR] Golden Slam - Standards 8/27/2016 [Re: KaskadskyjKozak]
curtveld Offline
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Registered: 09/01/03
Posts: 1062
TRs: 22 Photos: 190
Loc: Bellingham
Thx! wave

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#1151544 - 09/07/16 10:04 PM Re: [TR] Golden Slam - Standards 8/27/2016 [Re: curtveld]
joe_catellani Offline
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Registered: 12/25/00
Posts: 40
TRs: 3 Photos: 0
Loc: ballard
my memory of descending Tower's gully is it is one of the worst in my 35 years the Cascades.

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#1151574 - 09/09/16 09:39 AM Re: [TR] Golden Slam - Standards 8/27/2016 [Re: joe_catellani]
KaskadskyjKozak Offline
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Registered: 04/23/04
Posts: 17063
TRs: 112 Photos: 1037
Loc: Above Treeline
Originally Posted By: joe_catellani
my memory of descending Tower's gully is it is one of the worst in my 35 years the Cascades.


I still think the Crapcadian is the worst descent route ever.

Then again, it's been a few years. smile
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