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  1. [TR] Colchuck Peak - North Butress Couloir 06/09/2019

    Sweet pics. Thanks for report.
  2. Trip: 7 Finger Jack, Fernow, Maude - Leroy Basin Date: 9/3/2017 Trip Report: Here's my trip report of a two day scramble. Road: The Chiwawa River Road is in pretty good shape with the exception of the last two miles. Phelps Creek Road is in bad shape, I have a low clearance sedan and I made to the trail head but at times it felt like driving on a beach (sandy and deep potholes). Approach to Leroy Basin: I took the Phelps Creek Trail all the way to the Leroy Creek Trail. Both trails are in good shape. Leroy Creek Trail is steep. 7 Finger Jack: This mountain is a big pile of lose rock. Not recommended unless it's your goal. There is a trail that veers to the left right after a creek on the Leroy Basin High Route. Avoid trying to head directly to the peaks and rather follow a traverse on lose rock to gain the Western most summit (class 2-3). Fernow: From 7FJ drop down and traverse towards a noticeable pass on the distance. The traversal is on lose scree so watch out for unstable rock(s). To drop into the Fernow Basin, you have two choices go directly into the Gloomy Glacier morraine or drop into the lake. Both suck big time due to lose scree/rock. The actual scramble to Fernow is quite enjoyable on mostly solid rock, class 3. Maude: On day 1, I did 7FJ and Fernow, on day 2 I had Maude as my goal. The return trip to Leroy Basin was quite the challenge as it's quite steep via the morraine or the lake (pick your poison). Once on the Leroy Creek High Route, the approach to Maude is quite simple, follow the trail until you hit a pass and then drop down to the Ice Lakes basin to gain the ridge on the other side of the basin. The scramble to Maude's summit is pretty much on trail through out (class 1). Return trip: As I made it to Maude around 12 pm, I decided to explore the Leroy Creek High Route. This trail is in great shape, the only challenge is two scree/talus fields that you must traverse. Stats: 28.4 Miles RT 14672 feet elevation gain My GPX file: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uw33xi8bhmtj85i/Fernow%207FJ%20Maude.gpx?dl=0 Pics: 7FJ Summit View from 7FJ Maude's Impressive North Side Unnamed Lake (in route towards Fernow) One of two basins below Fernow (tiny Gloomy Glacier in there) 7FJ and Maude from Fernow Bivy Spot (upper Fernow Basin) Maude Summit Pic, looking into ice lakes basin Route Gear Notes: Bivy, Microspikes, 1 pole Approach Notes: Trail in great shape, both the Phelps Creek Trail and Leroy High Route.
  3. Trip: Sloan Peak - Corkscrew via North Sauk River Date: 8/19/2017 Trip Report: A group of 4 of us took on this route. We met up at 5 am and started our approach hike around 7:10 AM. The first cross of the Sauk River doesn't have a log crossing or at least we couldn't find one. The river is pretty low is spots so we crossed there. The next two river crossings have logs to cross them so we used them. Watch out for hornets between the first river and second river crossing. I got stung by one. the hike is very straight forward, ribbons through out mark the climber's path. We met a second party of 3 that had approach from Bedal Creek and they mentioned they had to do a bit of a bushwack. The glacier is starting to look pretty bare, our route followed the upper northern aspect of the glacier. Several crevasses, there is one snow bridge crossing that can look intimidating but it's pretty solid as of this writing (see picture). The scramble does in fact feel like a corkscrew twisting around the mountain. All in all, a good day. GPX File if interested: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zyro1ueohdpziqw/Sloan%20Peak%20-%20Corkscrew.gpx?dl=0 Gear Notes: Standard glacier equipment, 40meter rope. Approach Notes: Unpaved forest road to the trailhead pullout.
  4. Trip: Bonanza Peak - Mary Green Glacier Date: 7/1/2017 Trip Report: I climb Bonanza over the weekend solo. Here's my trip report. I woke up at 4 am on Saturday 7/1. I left home at 5 am (eastside of seattle) towards city of Chelan. I had made prior reservations with the Lady of the Lake ferry service for a round trip ticket to the landing of Lucerne, cost for this was $43.75. My boat ride left at 8:30 AM sharp. It took 4.5 hours to get to Lucerne (very slow boat). At this point I got into the Holden Village yellow bus (they carry their patrons from Lucerne to Holden). I did not paid for this in advance. Once I arrived at Holden around 1:30 PM, I had to paid for my bus round trip ticket (cost for this was $15) and I asked about the latest the bus would be departing the following day to Lucerne which happened to be 1:45 PM, this meant that I had less than 24 hours to summit Bonanza and comeback to Holden for my bus ride. Knowing this, off I went for my climb. Holden Village to Holden Lake: Well maintained trail with plenty water sources. The beta I read stated it would take 3 hours to cover 5 miles and ~2200 feet gain, but it took me 1h46m to get to the lake. The trail is snow free. There are some lingering snow patches near the lake. The lake is infested with mosquitoes, it's pretty bad. Deet helped but not enough. I definitely recommend bringing bug net. Holden Lake to Holden Pass: Terrible. This section starts off with a battle with the alder brush. Pretty mess up bushwack. I managed to avoid the worst of it by staying on the side of the hill to the right of the creek. Even avoiding the worst part did not spare me from my own battle with the alder brush. Not much you can do to avoid this other than bringing a machete and lots of extra time. This section was time consuming due to the bushwack. Holden Pass to Waterfall ledges: This section is still snow covered, I put on microspikes, switch over to the ice axe and did a rising traverse to get to the waterfall ledges. Waterfall ledges to upper Mary Green Glacier: From beta I had read, I had two choices. One was to climb on the first 'doable' waterfall way before the toe of the glacier OR two climb the waterfall slabs/ledges at the toe of the glacier. Once I was there, the slabs seemed like an ice fall hazard to me so I went up on the first 'doable' waterfall I found. This was very unpleasant as the rock was wet. Once I made it up the waterfall, I encountered more snow and at this point I switched over to crampons as the snow was steep. I continued on a rising traverse until a flat area around 7200-7400 feet. Then I continued further to the Mary Green Glacier. Mary Green Glacier: The glacier is in great shape. I stayed away from noticeable concavities and tension zones in the middle of it and worked my way up at the northern aspect of it. I only encountered two snow bridges during this section. The bergschrund between the final scramble and the glacier is still in good shape. There is a significant moat to negotiate while getting into the rock, there was a tiny snow cornice/bridge that allowed me to do it without too much hassle but I doubt this will be there in a week. Scramble: Once I was on the rock portion, I took off the crampons and up I went. The scramble as the route description will tell you is indeed very exposed. Mostly class 3 and class 4, but if you're off route you'll be doing class 5. I went a little off route trying to find easier terrain and got myself into trouble so I had to retrace twice due to this. My best advice would be to stay as close as possible to the gullies. The gullies are wet due to melting snow still at the top but just to the right and left of the gullies it is dry and climbable. Summit: There is a summit register. Old and rusty metal box. Brand new note pad inside a resealable container. Views are breath taking from up there. I reached at 9:29 PM as per my photo timestamp. Descend: Due to the fact that I was on a time clock, I downclimbed in the dark with a headlamp (a first for me). My plan was to get to a safe enough spot to bivy but I didn't find anything suitable while on the rock scramble portion of the route. I went all the way to 7400 feet in 'flat' snow area and decided to call it a day around 12:30 AM 7/2. I slept for 4 hours. I woke up at 4:30 AM and very slowly made my way down the waterfall ledges (I highly recommend a rope even if you're soloing for the rappels, there are several slings through out the route). I didn't have one so I downclimbed the whole thing. Once at the pass, I encountered 3 other parties with the same intention of climbing Bonanza in 3 days. I continued to make my way down. The descend after Holden Pass was uneventful. I finally reached Holden Village 11:26 AM 7/2. My total time Holden to Holden was 21h25m. I ate lunch at the cafeteria ($8) and then waited for my bus that would eventually take me to the ferry back home. Some pictures and my gpx file follow: GPX File: https://www.dropbox.com/s/har94j8mvuvny0o/Bonanza%20Peak.gpx?dl=0 Gear Notes: Ice Axe, Crampons, Microspikes, Helmet, poles, and overnight gear. Approach Notes: The Holden Lake trail is in great shape. Plenty water sources along the trail.
  5. Trip: Little Tahoma Peak - Cowlitz, Ingraham, Whitman Glaciers, East Shoulder Date: 5/6/2017 Trip Report: A group of 4 of us decided to tackle Little Tahoma Peak. Given the expected nice weather we would have on Sunday 5/7, we thought it would be a nice two day climb. It was an awesome climb. We did it from Paradise as the normal approach from Summerland is still closed at the moment. We met up at 7 AM in Bellevue area and drove to Paradise. We register at the Longmire Museum with the rangers and paid our climbing fee ($47 per person, good for 1 year). The fee is required above 10,000 feet OR upon setting foot on any glacier. We started our climb at 10:19 AM following the Camp Muir route to about 8120 feet and after roping up we started our traversal towards Little T. The first glacier we traversed was the Cowlitz, we had poor visibility on Saturday so it made our route finding very interesting, the route has plenty crevasses, snow bridges still holding pretty well. The second glacier we traversed was the Ingraham glacier, it had far more crevasses and we actually dropped into one to be able to continue our route, passing through the seracs/ice blocks was very cool. Upon reaching the East Shoulder of Little T, we decided to set up camp at about 8800 feet. The following morning we woke up at 2:30 AM and after gearing up and eating we started our climb at ~ 3:30AM. We were climbing on the Whitman glacier and the East Shoulder of Little T. The climb from camp is very steep, about 25-55 degree range pretty much all the way to the summit. Once we reached the last scramble to the summit, we experience first hand the famous rotten rock of Little T. Exposure is significant in this climb. There is a summit register, we had to clean the ice/snow from it (Mazamas metal box). We chose not to take our rope for summit day due to the steepness of the shoulder, in retrospect we could have benefit from taking the rope and using it to rappel at least. Some existing slings are tied around rocks but as mentioned this is rotten rock unsure how reliable it is. I have included our gpx if you're interested and some pictures. GPX: https://dl.orangedox.com/ezyRAk1DicmYgycvqp Cool Video by @niroyb : [video:youtube] Gear Notes: 60m rope 9.8mm, crevasse rescue gear, overnight gear, general mountaineering ice axe, crampons, helmet Approach Notes: Significant glacier travel, steep snow climb.
  6. Hello, I was on Guye Peak yesterday and to be more efficient I lent my 24 inch picket, one locking carabiner, one double sling to a two man team doing the same route. I'm hoping you guys see this and return my gear. We didn't find any place you guys placed my gear so I'm assuming it was unused and still in your backpack.
  7. Lost: 1 picket, 1 locking biner, 1 double sling

    I found my gear. One of my team members had it.
  8. Trip: Hubba Hubba Leavenworth - Left flow of Hubba Hubba Date: 3/4/2017 Trip Report: A group of 4 of us decided to go ice climbing in Leavenworth. We had previous beta that the routes were in, so off we went in search of this ice. Although there are several trip reports for Hubba Hubba we couldn't find a single one with a gpx file. Finding the ice flow wasn't hard though, we had a pretty clear day and we saw it from the parking lot as predicted by trip reports. I have included my gpx file to the start of the ice flows. Beware that this approach is in the unholy range of 30-45 degree slope. There was recent avalanche activity in the approach to the ice flows so we had a few concerns going up fortunately nothing happened. The routes are still in, I do not know how much longer they will last as there were sections of very thin ice. The central flow has the healthiest looking ice but it was beyond our group's skill level so we decided to play it conservatively and did some of the left flow route (WI2+). Apparently this is two pitches, but we did not complete the route as it was more of a learning ice climb for our group than an actual attempt at the whole route. Our group alternated leads as a learning experience. We cleaned the route and rapped off a v thread (not a very good one, but it served its purpose), so I did leave some pmi cord out there. Below some pictures and the gpx file. Gpx: https://dl.orangedox.com/k4GQrJPaIO6eaB25Gy Pics (click for full size, I couldn't get these to rotate for some reason): Gear Notes: We had 5 ice screws (I believe the ice screws were 10, 13, 16, and 2x19), two pickets, and half a rock rack. We used both pickets and all 5 screws but none of the rock pro. Approach Notes: Beware of avy potential on approach. Road to TH is plowed, suitable for all vehicles.
  9. Trip: Camp Muir - Winter Standard Route Date: 1/24/2017 Trip Report: A group of 7 members of Adventure Explorers decided to do a trip to Camp Muir to practice building snow shelters and experience navigating a winter storm. We met up in Bellevue area around 7:00 AM on Saturday, drove south towards Paradise. The Mount Rainier Rangers are asking for tire chains regardless of AWD; however, they are only requiring that non-AWD vehicles put on tire chains. We got our permit and bear canister at the Longmire ranger station around 9:40 AM and were informed the the Muir hut was closed. We started hiking from paradise at 10:18 AM.in clear weather. Weather became a whiteout around pebble creek so we started wanding the route shortly after. Snowshoeing to Camp Muir can be very challenging at times, there are sections of the winter route that are quite steep. The snowshoers in our group were using the MSR Lightning Ascent 25 inch snowshoes. At 9000 feet we decided to split the group because it was getting late. The first team to arrive to camp was supposed to start building shelters for the second team. We had radios and tested them before separating. The first team encountered a lone man coming down at 9900ft around 4:05 who pointed to us that the camp was to our right. We proceeded and arrived at camp Muir at 4:20. We discovered that the muir hut was opened and another party of two had just arrived. We decided to use the hut instead of building shelters due to high winds. We tried radioing the other team but could not get an answer back. ... We woke up at 7:00 AM, cooked our breakfasts and left camp around 8:56 AM in whiteout conditions. Two of the members were on skis in front and would wait at each flag found. At pebble creek one member fell down a small cliff and injured his knee. We covered it in snow to reduce swelling and administered ibuprofen to reduce pain. He was able to continue down to paradise. The weather then cleared out a little lower. At the bottom of Panorama point, we encountered 4 guides who were looking for a missing person. We think it might have been the person we saw near camp Muir the previous afternoon. If you're interested in our gpx file, you can get one at https://www.facebook.com/groups/adventureexplorerswa A few pics: Sunny skies when we started One of the steep parts near Panorama Point Higher in the mountain, whiteout conditions Gear Notes: A few of us were in AT gear and others in snowshoes. Approach Notes: Snow starts from the parking lot.
  10. That made me chuckle.
  11. Both groups made it to Camp Muir just fine. As for the Bear Canister, yes we were just as surprised, but the Rangers are making you take one up there if you're spending the night. They're having a bird problem up there at least that's what they told us.
  12. Trip: Mount Stuart - Cascadian Coulour Date: 9/10/2016 Trip Report: Two of us decided to attempt the CC route on Stuart in a day. We met up in Seattle area at 4:00 AM. We were at the trailhead at 5:50 AM. We started our hike around 6:10 AM. The Ingalls Lake, Long Pass trail are in great condition. No down trees. After Long Pass, especially while getting down to Ingalls Creek it can be a bit treacherous as the scree is pretty loose. We were at Ingalls Creek around 8:00 AM. From the route descriptions I had read, Ingalls Creek would be our last reliable water source, however this is not true as there's still snow fields on Stuart. You don't need to get on the snow however to get to the peak if you're doing the CC route. The couloir itself is not fun, it's sandy and filled with scree so it can be quite treacherous. Once you get to the saddle it's matter of choice as to how to continue on scree, snow, or rock. There's a choice for everyone, I chose scree as it seemed the path of least resistance. Once I was on the ridge above the false summit, I stayed on the ridge as I was too lazy to drop down to the easier path below on the otherside of the ridge. There are cairns everywhere to help you along the way. I wore my helmet not necessarily because of rock fall but I was concern of falling on the sand or scree and injuring my head. I was at the summit of Stuart at 12:30 PM. I was completely alone in the summit but I counted at least 25 people that were attempting it. My return was along the same route but it did take me longer to get down than actually getting to the summit. The couloir was just not fun for me. I was back at Ingalls Creek at 4:30 PM. And finally made it back to the car at 6:47 PM. I'm glad I did Stuart but I will skip on doing this route again. If you're interested in a GPX file you can request one through the Adventure Explorers facebook page. Pictures below (click for full size): Gear Notes: Hiking equipment, helmet, microspikes (not used). Approach Notes: Trails in great condition, getting down from Long Pass is a little slippery.
  13. Trip: Sahale Mountain/Peak - South Slope Date: 8/30/2016 Trip Report: So a few of us (6) decided to hike to Sahale Glacier Camp on Tuesday (8/30)...at least that was the initial plan hike to the camp take in the views and return. However, one of the hikers wanted to go all the way to Sahale Peak and he brought crampons, a rope, ice axe but we did not use the rope at all. I, however; only had trekking poles and microspikes, but still I decided to accompany him while the rest of the party stayed behind. We started at 7:54 AM from the trail head. It took us 3h21m to get to Sahale Glacier Camp and then about 1 hour to get to the peak including a class 3 with a few class 4 moves scramble on the south east face of the summit block. I did find it very strange that despite the map and gps saying that we were in Sahale Mountain, the US Geological Survey plaque reads "Boston" as you can see in the pic. The Sahale Glacier itself is still in great climbing condition, there are a few open crevasses on the upper part of the glacier. The final scree scramble before the summit block is not super fun as you easily slide. There are a few cairns to guide your way up. Our return trip was uneventful and we were back with the rest of the hikers by 4 PM. Afterwards we stopped by the Bison Run restaurant, we all thought our burgers were dry. If you're interested, here's my gpx file (right click to save as): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57379305/Sahale%20Mt.gpx Pics, click on them for full size: Gear Notes: No special gear used, hiking essentials, microspikes. Approach Notes: Road is accessible to all vehicles. Hike to Sahale Glacier Camp is in great shape.
  14. [TR] Mount Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys 8/13/2016

    Great pics, thanks for the report.
  15. Trip: Silver Peak - Annete Lake, North West Ridgeline Date: 3/26/2016 Trip Report: A group of 6 climbers from Adventure Explorers, met up in Seattle area around 7:00 AM. We drove to the Annette Lake TH. We started our approach hike around 8:00. The Annette Lake trail is compact due to it's popularity. Several parties were already at the trail head. The road to the trail off I-90 is snow-free. We left the trail behind around 3280 ft, our intent was to go to the ridgeline the leads to Silver Peak. We climbed to about 4320 ft and we hit the first lower ridgeline. We followed the ridgeline until we saw Silver's basin and because we saw some loose slab activity in the bowl we decided to take the higher ridgeline knowing that we would have to deal with cornices. There are some exposed sections along the upper ridgline and an ice axe is necessary. We were carrying rope and pickets but we did not use them as our group was very comfortable without protection. We saw one other party of 2 attempting the same mountain. In the end, our group and the party of 2 summitted successfully. In the way down, we dropped down to the Silver's basin using plunge stepping and the snow was perfect for that. Some of the our group (4/6) used snowshoes starting in the lower ridgeline. They were helpful. If you're interested in a gpx file, here's our route: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57379305/Silver%20Peak%20-%20Spring.gpx Some pictures below, more pictures can be found in AEX's meetup site: Gear Notes: Helmet, Ice Axe, snowshoes, standard hiking gear. (Crampons were not needed this time although all of us carried them). Approach Notes: Annette Lake trail compact (no showshoes for that).
  16. [TR] Lane Peak - The Zipper 11/21/2015

    Thanks for the report. We were inspired by it and tried it yesterday. Update on conditions, deeper snow, more ice pitches but still thin. One thing that confused me though was weather I was doing the zipper or lovers lane as based on route description and pictures I was never sure what it was but assuming that rock obstacle is the zipper as you mention then we most likely did the zipper.
  17. Trip: Mt. Olympus - summit success - Blue glacier, snow dome, crystal pass Date: 7/3/2015 Trip Report: We set out to conquer Mt. Olympus on July 3 starting at 4:45 AM from Seattle area to catch the 5:35 AM Edmonds-Kingston ferry. We needed to get to the WIC in Port Angeles for permits early enough to ensure that permits were available. We got there around 7:30 AM and waited until 8:10 AM when the rangers started giving out permits, the line for permits grew drastically within a few minutes. We traveled to the Hoh River Visitor Center, parked, geared up, and started our long, long hike to Glacier Meadows at 10:30 AM. From the start of the trail head to about 12.4 miles the trail is virtually flat. The remaining 5.1 miles you gain about 3000ft that with a heavy pack are going to test your limits of endurance due to the distance already covered. It gets very warm in the valley and mosquitoes are everywhere, at around mile 16.5 we spotted a black cub bear, the mother fortunately never showed up. We reached Glacier Meadows around 8:00 PM and although we had permits all the campsites were taken, probably because some of the people there did not have permits which is annoying to say the least. We had to make our our camp, cooked, hanged our food, went to bed, and around 2:30 AM on July 4th we woke up and got ready for the summit bid. We headed out from camp at 3:00 AM. To get to the Blue Glacier follow the lateral morraine trail for about 1.3 miles. At the end of the trail there will be a faint booth path descending a scree/landslide field to get down to the blue glacier. Watch out for rock fall from your fellow team members and other climbers. At the start of the blue glacier, I suggest you rope up although it is solid ice there are many crevasses. Once we crossed the ablation zone there is some rock scrambling needed to get to the start of the snow dome climb. The slope is never more than 30-40 degrees. We followed the path already done by previous parties and had no issues in traveling the upper part of snow dome which is very flat and a nice spot to snow camp. There are several crevasses along the route but as of this trip report snow bridges and walking around them works fine. The bergschrund below crystal pass has a solid snow bridge at least for two more weeks. Once we were over Crystal Pass we saw several peaks but we knew none were the true summit from research so we followed the booth path until we crossed over the false summit and finally saw the West Peak and the summit block. At the false summit we unroped and took off our crampons, we descended in the scree field to the saddle and saw another bergschrund to our right. My two partners decided to climb the north face of the summit block and I decided to scramble to the top in mostly solid rock but lots of loose and false handholds. I reached the summit around 8:28 AM, my partners reached at 9:50 AM because the north face is a bottleneck especially when there's 30 people trying to get to the top. We took a break at the false summit and reached our camp around 4:30 PM. Our plan initially called for camp at Glacier Meadows the second night, but being crazy and all we decided to head down the same day. We reached Lewis Meadows camp around 9:00 PM at 11.2 miles from trail head and decided our feet had enough suffering for one day. The following day we woke up at 4:30 AM and reached the trail head at 10:15 AM, after covering ~47 miles and 10,000 ft of overall elevation gain, we finished it in a little less than 48 hours. For a gpx track of the trip, if interested, get in contact with Adventure Explorers through facebook. Adventure Explorers was here Gear Notes: Standard glacier travel equipment + two glacier ropes for summit block. Approach Notes: Road paved all the way to trail head. Approach to Glacier Meadows campsite is long.
  18. Trip: Kaleetan Peak - Melakwa Lake South Route Date: 10/23/2015 Trip Report: Two of use decided to finish this peak on 10/23. No snow whatsoever thus far along the route. Plenty water sources so it is unnecessary to carry more than a litter at a time with a light filter. Approach to Melakwa Lake is quite popular. Once at the ridge that leads to Kaleetan solitude starts and only scramblers/hardy hikers are found. In the past I had been turned back twice because of avalanche concerns this time though without any snow the peak was quite simple. Summit post says the final gully is class 3 but it was more like class 2. Not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Views are spectacular from up there. My GPX if interested: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57379305/Kaleetan%20Peak.gpx Gear Notes: Standard day hiking equipment Approach Notes: Forest Road paved all the way until about 0.5 miles from trail head.
  19. Trip: Three Fingers Lookout - Three Fingers Trail Date: 9/26/2015 Trip Report: Two of us decided to tackle Three Fingers. We met up around 6 am on 9/26 near Seattle area and headed to the trail head, bikes included. The road to the three fingers trail head is blocked at mile 8 from the mountain loop highway and from there you must either hike 10 miles or bike 10 miles we chose the latter. It took us about 2hr35min to bike those 10 miles, it's about 1600 ft or so of elevation gain on a bike with your gear, we're not cyclists. We were going for an overnight at the lookout. After a short break at the trail head we started our hike. The trail is eroded especially the first two miles, it feels like the trail at some point was a river bed. It can get muddy and wet at times. There's plenty solitude to be had in this trail. The hike to Tin Can Gap is very straight forward, past that there's a boot path that takes you all the way to about 400 ft or so below the lookout. There's one permanent snowfield before the final scramble to the ladders (yes, 3 ladders). The snowfield itself can be crossed alpine style or you can take a scramble route to the left of the snowfield. We had microspikes and ice axes so we felt comfortable in snow. There were 2 other parties at the lookout when we arrived so in the end we were 8 people sleeping in that lookout the night of 9/26. The following day 9/27 the clouds had disappear and we had spectacular views from the lookout and the hike out. If you're interested, here's my gpx: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57379305/Three%20Fingers%20Lookout.gpx Gear Notes: Ice Axe, Microspikes, Over night gear. Approach Notes: 10 miles of the forest road are impassable to cars; however, there were at least 6 motorcycles on the road, but in my opinion the bike ride adds to the challenge and gratification of the hike/climb.
  20. [TR] Mt. Shuksan - Fisher Chimneys 7/13/2014

    Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing.
  21. Trip: Mt. Shasta - Clear Creek Route Date: 9/4/2015 Trip Report: A group of 4 of us decided to embark on a California adventure. We left Seattle area around 6:00 PM and drove down to Cali. We stopped in Albany, Oregon to get some rest. On Saturday 9/5/15 we continued the drive, we reached the Trnity-Shasta forest around 12:00 PM. The forest road to the Clear Creek trail head is very sandy, I highly recommend an AWD vehicle but I did see some sedans and even a prius at the trail head so it can be done without AWD. We reached the trail head at 1:10 PM and by 1:30 PM after paying for our self serve climbing permit ($25 per person) we started our hike. We were equipped with Ice Axes, Crampons, Helmets, but we did not use any of that gear. The route itself is very straight forward and there's a faint boot path all the way to about 10,000 ft. At this time of year there's hardly any snow left on that route so it was scree and sand all the way to the summit. Around 11,000 ft things get interesting as there's several boot paths but they all go up, some are zig zags others are straight up. Around 13,400 ft there's a false summit and there's two ways to get around it, one is to go up a gully that's mostly solid rock and the other is to continue in scree. I chose gully up and scree in the way down. After the false summit, the grade becomes mild but the whole route is never too steep. Once in the crater(s), you go around the true summit to get on a ridge line that takes you there. There's a summit register. It took me around 7 hours to get to the true summit and 4hr30min to get down to base camp. At base camp, there's a spring around 8500 ft. Only two of us reached the summit as our other two climbing/hiking buddies were affected by elevation and tiredness and turned back around 11,000 ft. We reached the trailhead around 4:15 PM and started driving back, we stopped in Shasta (city) to get some grub and stopped in Medford, Oregon for rest. We reached Seattle area around 3pm on 9/7/15. Here's my gpx file, if interested: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57379305/Mt.%20Shasta%20-%20Clear%20Creek.gpx Shasta along i-5 shasta from hiking trail making our way up the mountain sunrise looking back at route gully, mostly solid rock final ridge line, looking at a sister summit, but not true summit true summit register tallest point pic. Did not feel like standing in that boulder with the wind on way back, a bivy site around 10,000 ft Gear Notes: Hiking and camping gear only. Approach Notes: Forest road to trail head is very sandy.
  22. Trip: Eldorado Peak - Inspiration Glacier Date: 8/16/2015 Trip Report: Solo ascent of Eldorado Peak via probably the most popular route on this peak, Eldorado and Inspiration glaciers route. One day approximately 11 hours car to car. I started my day at 3 am at home, geared up and headed out at 3:20 am. I reached the trailhead around 5:30 AM. My climb started at 5:45 am. The climb presents a challenge from the start as the crossing of eldorado creek is not super obvious to someone that has never done it. Finding the log to cross the creek wasted about 7 minutes of my day. That being said, once you park, the log crossing which is huge is about 100 feet down/back the road on the climber's right side. The trail as most descriptions will tell you is steep, but not the steepest trail by any means. Along the route you'll find a very extensive boulder field that will make your knees hurt (it made mine hurt). The trail is obvious until you get to the boulder field, once there watch out for cairns and follow their general direction. Eventually reaching a beautiful basin, eldorado basin. I kept on the climber trail and following cairns, eventually leading to a 3 way intersection. I chose to descend about 100 feet or so to another basin below eldorado glacier. From here, I stayed closed to the ridge but trying to avoid obvious rock fall hazard. To get on eldorado glacier, the best route to me was close to the ridgeline. Most crevasses along the route are open and navigating around them works fine, the climber path others have made is pretty obvious. The crevasses are quite big and deep so it was a bit intimidating. Once you get on Inspiration Glacier, the steep grade becomes mild. This is where I finally saw other climbers returning from their ascent. Camp sites are visible in Inspiration Glacier basin or on rock platforms along the final ridgeline to the peak. The knife edge was exhilarating since I was only wearing microspikes, but other climbers during that day had already kicked in steps. I reached the top around 11:30 AM. I descended the same route I came up and was back at my car around 4:43 PM. My GPX if interested: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/57379305/Eldorado%20Peak.gpx log crossing start of boulder field eldorado basin not sure, but maybe johannesburg mountain glacier peak in the distance eldorado glacier snow campsite in Inspiration Glacier final crevasse/bergschrund along route knife edge summit 1 summit 2 summit 3 going down the knife edge campsite in final ridge line one of the crevasses along the route Gear Notes: solo light gear Approach Notes: First 10 miles of Cascade River Road are paved. Next 20 miles are not.
  23. Trip: Glacier Peak - Disappointment Peak Cleaver Date: 8/3/2015 Trip Report: Party of 3 we attempted a 2 day Glacier Peak summit. We started our day on Saturday 8/1 near the Seattle area at 5 am meetup time. We reached the trail head around 7:50 AM after an unfortunate detour into an obscured forest road mistakenly thought to be FR49 (tip FR49 is well marked, do not blindly follow Google ) We geared up and started our hike at 8 am. The first 5.5 miles to the Mackinaw shelter (wooded structure) is relatively flat about 900 ft or so of gain. Then make sure you have at least 1.5 liters of water for the next 2500 ft of gain as it is exposed and you won't find many water sources until you're near the PCT intersection near White Pass, the good thing is that berries are in season. At White Pass views are expansive and amazing. We followed the Foam Creek trail with no issues and at the end of it we made a small hike up of to a pass that had us dropped about 200 ft and then do another traverse. All bootpaths can be clearly seen. We got our first glimpses of Glacier Peak when we hiked up to the third pass in the approach hike. Then we descended down about 400 ft to a beautiful basin with some lakes/tarns and then ascended those 400 ft again to another higher basin. We decided to camp around 6650 ft near a lake before crossing the receding White Chuck Glacier (tip, stay away from the ablation zone as there seems to be quick sand of some sort). The next day 8/2, we woke up at 2:30 AM, gear up and started our climb at ~3:00 AM. We did not touched snow until around 7500ft. We put on crampons and started our ascend. Below, Disappointment Peak there's an obvious rock fall hazard so probably best to stay away as much as possible, wear helmet. The route is well traveled and crevasses are open for the most part so you can navigate around without much issues. We saw one solo climber that passed us around 7500ft and did not see him until 9370 ft when he was already coming back...yeah. The Cool Glacier around 9100 ft has some crevasses along the route so probably best to stay roped up until 9370 which is the start of a clear bootpath that takes you the summit. There is a summit a register. I summitted at 9:10 AM, and reached base camp at 12:50 PM. Then I took a break until 4:00 PM which included a swim and headed back to the TH. We all reached the trail head before 11:50 PM on 8/2. My GPS stats were 38 miles and 11719 ft of cumulative gain in two days...not too shabby If you're interested in a gpx file, contact Adventure Explorers via facebook Adventure Explorers was here At White Pass At third pass, don't know the name, maybe Glacier Gap Gear Notes: Standard glacier travel equipment Approach Notes: Approach Forest Road 49 from Darrington, even though it is longer of unpaved road, the road has a lot less pot holes.
  24. Trip: Mt. Adams - South Route Date: 7/18/2015 Trip Report: A group of 10 hikers, we left Seattle area around 6 PM on a Friday 7/17/15 as you can imagine traffic was pretty bad but we expected that so no surprises there. After an uneventful 6 hour drive we reached the Mt. Adams Ranger station in Trout Lake to get our 1 day permits for $15 per person. We then drove to the Cold Springs Camp Ground, be warn of the last 4 miles to the camp ground as there's several pot holes, my sedan got up there no problems but you do have to go slow. There was at least 40 cars at the parking lot. We set up camp a few hundred feet into and off the Cold Springs trail head sign. We were asleep around 12:30 AM 7/18/15. We woke up at 4 AM and by 5 AM after BF we were hiking on South Climb 183 trail. Trail is snow free until you reach around 9000ft or so, but the entire Mt. Adams is pretty bare of snow, it looks sad. Our fastest hikers reached Lunch Counter(~9200-9600 ft)around 7:50 AM. Then we pushed to the summit, our fastest hikers got to the top of Adams at 10 AM. The climb/hike to Adams via the south route is very straight forward and you'll have plenty of company along the way. The glassading chute is still there and it helps a lot to bring a heavy duty trash bag. We were up there until 12:45 PM as we waited for our last hiker to reached the top. All of us were back at the cars by 4 PM. We reached Seattle area around 9:30 PM. If you're interested in a gpx file, contact Adventure Explorers, WA Summit Pano Adventure Explorers was here Mt. Adams, bare of snow Lunch Counter camp sites Over Piker's Peak, the last 600 ft of gain or so Gear Notes: Hiking essentials, heavy duty trash bag. Microspikes/Crampons. Approach Notes: Road to trail head is free of snow.
  25. Trip: Mt. Rainier - Summit Success - Emmons Route Date: 6/20/2015 Trip Report: Our team of 4 attempted to climb Mt. Rainier via the Emmons glacier starting on 6/20/15 and returning home on 6/21/15. We left the Seattle area around 5 AM and got to the White River Ranger station around 6:50 AM. The station is supposed to open at 7:30 AM but the Ranger that was there open the door for us around 7:10 AM. We got our climbing permits, $45 per person good for one calendar year. We started hiking at 7:28 AM from the White River Campground on the well maintained and wild flower infested Glacier Basin trail which is 3.1 miles to the basin. At the basin, we kept on hiking on the climber's trail leading to the start of the Inter Glacier, which appears like a snowfield but as we saw it is an actual glacier because it has man eater crevasses near the top of the glacier so watch out for those. We reached the point of the Inter glacier and we found ourselves in a bit of a pickle because we had missed the easy way to get down to the Emmons glacier. The easy way to get to the Emmons glacier is on the left side closest to Mount Ruth. Once we were at the Emmons glacier with vast visible crevasses we decided to rope up. We reached our base camp at Emmons Flats at 2:28 PM along the way we passed Camp Schurman which has a working toilet and blue bag deposits and is only 300 feet lower than Emmons Flats. We prepared our snow campsites which took us around two hours to do. We boiled snow for cooking and water and we finally went to bed around 6 PM. We woke up at 12 AM on 6/21 for our summit bid. We ate breakfast, gear up, and left camp around 1:20 AM. From Emmons Flats the route that other climbers have done is visible most of the time except when fresh powder has erased it. There are several crevasses along the route, none have a ladder. There are two snow bridges that don't appear to be super solid and might not have more than 2 weeks left before they cave. There is also one section along the route that involves a traverse in a small climber path that on your right side if you were to fall is a giant crevasse and on your left side there is chunk of ice that would be wise to use your ice axe for a self belay. As we continued our climb, the parties on the route started to dwindle in numbers, one party of 3 turned back around 11,000 ft. Once we were at the Emmons bergschrund our lead climber found a path that leads to a snow bridge that allows you to cross that giant bergschrund. We reached the summit of Rainier around 7:00 AM. Our descend took us around 3.5 hours. At base camp we took a 2 hour break and we finally reached our vehicle around 5:40 PM. For a gpx file, if interested, get in contact with Adventure Explorer on facebook. Adventure Explorers WA Flowers along the Glacier Basin trail: Little Tahoma and big brother: Inter glacier climb: Emmons glacier, somehow we had to get down there: Camp Schurman: Emmons Flats (false advertisement) Sunrise along the route: Adventure Explorers was here: Gear Notes: Standard glacier travel equipment. Approach Notes: Maintained trail, road paved all the way to parking lot at White River campground. Climbing permits available at White River Ranger Station.