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#1156694 - 09/17/17 07:03 PM [TR] American Border Peak - ABP - SE Route 9/16/2017
geosean Offline

Registered: 06/04/14
Posts: 62
TRs: 18 Photos: 45
Loc: Bellingham
Trip: American Border Peak - ABP - SE Route

Date: 9/16/2017

Trip Report:
Fred and I climbed American Border Peak via the standard route (Beckey's SE Face). It was a piece of cake, go get it! Well, maybe not sooo easy. Wear boots for ankle support, and bring poles, thats all I can say.

You cant really beat Klenke's beta on Summitpost, although I though there was a bit more beta than necessary on the climbing portion; it was the easiest part of the whole trip and only 40m; 5.3 as advertised. I led the pitch from the base of the chimney through the keyhole placing only 1 piece. There is a piton, and a slung chockstone to clip, then I slung two more chockstones to get to the rap webbing at the top of the keyhole.

13.5 hours car to car with about an hour on the summit.
9.9 miles
5100' vertical

If you are rapping and there are 7 pieces of webbing is it necessary to add another? If so please remove 6 or 7. This is the tat I removed from 4 rap stations. There were literally 8 pieces on one chockstone. We left sufficient webbing at each rap. (Beer can for scale).

Fred on one of the traverses up high:

Canadian Border Peak from the summit. The views make it all worth while, well... maybe not this time:

Fred on ONE of the talus basins you traverse on the approach:

Gear Notes:
set of nuts (used 2 for a belay anchor at the bottom of the chimney)
4 cams (used 1)
pocket knife

Approach Notes:
Slow more than long.
- Sean

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#1156697 - 09/17/17 07:34 PM Re: [TR] American Border Peak - ABP - SE Route 9/16/2017 [Re: geosean]
JasonG Offline

Registered: 10/12/00
Posts: 2779
TRs: 107 Photos: 1811
Loc: Mount Vernon
Snaffles are busy packing off bits of your new webbing right now. pagetop

In time, you'll find that quantity means quality in the North Cascades (and less weight in your pack).

In seriousness though, glad you got up and down safe! That is a climb that is a bit more serious than the rating would suggest, esp. if there is fresh snow and ice on the final steep parts.

#1156700 - 09/18/17 08:44 AM Re: [TR] American Border Peak - ABP - SE Route 9/16/2017 [Re: geosean]
olyclimber Offline

Registered: 09/19/03
Posts: 25303
TRs: 47 Photos: 895
Loc: In Love with You
When you said "Fred", I was a little confused if this was an old TR. I know Beckey isn't up to something like these days, though I'm sure in his mind he is there.


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