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#911435 - 09/29/09 12:33 PM [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009
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Trip: Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard

Date: 9/26/2009

Trip Report:
Golden Horn

Tower

More than 75% of climbing/scrambling for me is the fun and good partners. This trip has topped off a great summer season for me. TONS of FUN with some of my best friends and partners. Here is a fun video of the blast we had….manamana!!!


What do you do when you want to avoid an 11 miles of boring trail? Bushwhack Swamp Creek of course. grin It is a lot more entertaining, challenging and shorter for saving the feet! Plus I love to bushwhack and route find, It is one of my specialties. The Bushwhack is strait forward and 3.5 miles from the trailhead/road to the lakes. Head up the east side of the creek following a ridge. Around 5000’ cross Swamp creek. Start the long steep traverse through forest and avalanche gullies till you reach the PCT below Methow Pass below or near Snowy lakes.
In the bottom of the valley swap creek is quite marshy. By crossing at around 5000’ you avoid the wettest of the marshes. Most of the bushwhack is in the forest and you can move fairly quickly. Minus the swaths of alder and such that one may run into.

After setting up camp we headed up to play on Golden Horn. Fun scramble with a short class 4/5 section to the small summit block. The wind was creating a nasty cold ass wind-chill on the summit so we didn’t stay long.



We had quite the time back at camp with crab walk races, whiskey drinking, and manamana singing (that was continued into the next as we climbed Tower crazy . Thanks Carla! provoke ).



The next morning it was 24 degrees out. Brrrrrr!!! Tower would warm us up and so did our new song we all sang at random hilarious moments (gotta have those random moments to break up the pucker factor that you can be taken out by a rock at any time!).

Manamana! The climb up Tower is a lot of fun, despite the reports of how scary it is! Do do da do do… Mostly class 3 that is very exposed in most places with a few spots of class 4. Manamana! There is a lot of loose rock on the route but we moved very efficiently as a group of 5 and had no issues with rock fall minus some small stuff. Do do da do do… The route is easy to follow if you take your time and route find. This will avoid the class 4 slabs in the gully proper. Manamana! Stay to the right of the main gully proper and find many ledges to traverse. You will end up zig zagging a few times. Do do da do do…Good fun! We hung out on top for an hour and headed back to camp.











Manamana! Time to play in the forest for a few hours. Do do da do do….
We had no issues with our schwack on the way out.

Crux: crossing the highway…



Its all about the fun!!!

Gear Notes:
helmets for the constant rock being thrown in your direction by Tower.

30m alpine rope for the summit block of Golden Horn. For some this would not even be required. We used my rope for the rap off and quick belays to the top.

Approach Notes:
I recommend Swamp to those who can bushwhack. But then many can't efficiently bushwhack. So pick your lesser evil. 11 miles of boring PCT hiking or thrashing your way up Swamp creek.


Edited by tazz (09/29/09 05:33 PM)
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#911514 - 09/29/09 03:01 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: tazz]
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Looks like good times. I've been wondering about these climbs for a while. Thanks for sharing the TR and pics! Looked a bit nippy there.

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#911559 - 09/29/09 04:35 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: Le Piston]
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Lovely. Thanks for the TR.

FYI, the annoying wide TR syndrome will go away if you insert returns after each picture.

Also, the large boulder visible between the two lakes in your third photo has several excellent moderate (V1-V2ish) bouldering problems. Perhaps hardmen will find more lines.
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#911572 - 09/29/09 05:29 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: Rad]
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I don't have that "annoying wide tr syndrome". It all fits my screen.

i will change it for ya though. smile

thanks
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#911824 - 09/30/09 05:42 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: tazz]
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This is from my last trip to Golden Horn.


Edited by CollinWoods (09/30/09 05:43 PM)

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#912019 - 10/01/09 12:07 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: CollinWoods]
tazz Offline
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Ha! Did those muscles help you hike up it? laf wink too bad you didn't have better weather, the views are great from up there!

After reading several trs where folks get off route on Tower. Figured i would post up a beta shot to lessen the confusion. We had no trouble at all with the route we took up which is the standard route. Many folks are naturally led into the LARGE gully to the left. this will lead to exposed class 4 slabs. All of this can be avoided by staying to the right and traversing back and forth on class 3 ledges. with some class 4 spots here and there. Once at the white wall traverse to the right. We took the ridge up some exposed class 3 and 4 rock. Careful in here the rock is scary loose in spots. We to the standard easier class 3 route down.
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#912228 - 10/01/09 05:58 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: tazz]
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The weather was really strang on that trip. It was the middle of Aug and we got 5 inches of snow. Thanks for the TR, it was nice to see what it really looked like. BTW i am now a really big fan of Mahna Mahna. Do i hear a new ringtone? Thanks!

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#912291 - 10/01/09 09:01 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: tazz]
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Registered: 09/03/02
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Loc: Beacon Hill
Nice tup

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#915828 - 10/18/09 05:07 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: tazz]
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Sweet TR!

Man you guys were on some steep smooth slab there at the end. brew

but I think you had the camera tilted wrong so I fixed it for you grin


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#915834 - 10/18/09 05:29 PM Re: [TR] Golden Horn and Tower Mountain. - standard 9/26/2009 [Re: Buckaroo]
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right next to the road.....

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