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[TR] WELKER! - Whacky Wallow 01/18/2021

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Trip: WELKER! - Whacky Wallow

Trip Date: 01/18/2021

Trip Report:

You can all feel sorry for @Alisse.  She was desperate enough this week to reach out to @Kit and myself to try and climb a mountain somewhere.  And so we convinced her that she might as well go where few have gone before.....WELKER!  And since it was winter, it would be the WELKER WHACKY WALLOW.  Now doesn't that just sound fun?

Well, it wasn't, at least not in the traditional sense.  It didn't help that JGAP lost his nerve quite high on the NW ridge, muttering that his "mountain sense" demanded an easier route with less danger of bodily harm.  @Alisse seemed unconvinced, but nevertheless went along with the ignominious descent and shuffle to the North ridge, where much bodily harm was endured by the team anyways, while post-holing in less than ideal conditions.  We were crazy alright, but not crazy enough to bring snowshoes. 

Didn't it rain several inches up here?  Why wasn't this crust thick enough for my fat ass?  Why do bad things happen to bad people?  Why does fat need to be punished? Why would a nice young lady pack beers to the summit for two jackasses?

We might never know the answers to these questions, but we do know that WELKER has quite a good view and is maaaaaaaaaaaybe worth the work to climb.  Oh, and that @Alisse is a saint...... despite what @Kit says.

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Gear Notes:
Whatever you think will lessen the pain. Summit beers are key.

Approach Notes:
Ha!
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The  small part of me that felt slightly bad for staying home and not coming along on Monday has vanished at the words of pain and post-holing. Incredible views and awesome photos as always though!! Is that General Weakness or Major Junkshow in the third to last photo?

 

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8 minutes ago, kmfoerster said:

Is that General Weakness or Major Junkshow in the third to last photo?

You'll have to ask @Kitor @Alisse.  I feel like both were present at different points of the day. 

And yes, way more ass-kicking than expected!  My left knee still isn't quite right from the abuse.

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I'd like to think that we all have a little Gen. Weakness and Maj. Junkshow in us. It sounds like the kind conditions that would have me cursing up a storm. Those who have seen it know. Its called "Going post-hole".

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6 minutes ago, kmfoerster said:

Its called "Going post-hole".

:lmao:  I hadn't heard that before, but so perfect!

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It sure was... something! I can't remember the last time someone I'd met less than 12 hours prior yelled "Fuck you, Alisse!" not once, but twice. 😁

@kmfoerster you should have come! I wish I had a witness to the day (and survivors' group therapy buddy).

@JasonG forgot to mention in the TR that he graciously led the vast majority of the post-holing. @Kit and I offered to take over MULTIPLE times but @JasonG snarled and fended us off with his axe. 

A fun day out, though, in all seriousness. I don't even regret bringing up the beers for you two -- thanks again for letting me join you!

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HA! Sorry i missed this one.... but already 'ben up there. Dallas recommended!

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Great pictures.  Looks like a nice winter climb.  Where is Welker?  Who hauled up the documentary film crew in their backpack?

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42 minutes ago, Kuato said:

Where is Welker? 

The SE side of Baker Lake. 

 

42 minutes ago, Kuato said:

Who hauled up the documentary film crew in their backpack?

I had extra room once @Alisse confirmed that the summit beers were covered.

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Inspired by your pictures, I set upon this hill on Saturday. I took a different route (traditional?) up and was surprised that i didn't see any tracks after knowing that you all did the same trip earlier in the week. It was just me and two dogs going up a very steep peak until we reached the top and saw where you summitted. My track was so exhausting that i assumed you MUST have picked a better route. Damn, I was wrong. So wrong. It was a nightmare coming across the avalanche field and then later down through all the knocked down lumber. The storm did a number on that side of the hill, whereas what I climbed up was completely unmolested. It must have added an hour or more and exhausted the three of us! Kudos to you guys for summitting that way.

Fortunately, the views were great and the weather was perfect. No wind meant a nice lunch break at the top and made up for working my way over and under trees through scrub in the dark.

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23 minutes ago, Frasz said:

Inspired by your pictures, I set upon this hill on Saturday. I took a different route (traditional?) up and was surprised that i didn't see any tracks after knowing that you all did the same trip earlier in the week. It was just me and two dogs going up a very steep peak until we reached the top and saw where you summitted. My track was so exhausting that i assumed you MUST have picked a better route. Damn, I was wrong. So wrong. It was a nightmare coming across the avalanche field and then later down through all the knocked down lumber. The storm did a number on that side of the hill, whereas what I climbed up was completely unmolested. It must have added an hour or more and exhausted the three of us! Kudos to you guys for summitting that way.

Fortunately, the views were great and the weather was perfect. No wind meant a nice lunch break at the top and made up for working my way over and under trees through scrub in the dark.

Traditional route up, eh? Hmm, let's hear the details!

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56 minutes ago, Frasz said:

Damn, I was wrong. So wrong.

:lmao:  Take it up with Dallas. 

But I'm glad that your experience brought you to register at this illustrious domain.  Welcome to the madhouse!

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Looks like "fun" May the snow return so I don't have to do some of these trips myself!

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