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hkutukRoute Climbed: West side from Cispus basin Date Climbed: August 9, 2003  Sucess!

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Jim and I climbed the mountain from the west up the gullies following Becky's description as best we could. The entire west side consists of dangerously loose rocks and scree. We first skirted under the large rock complex of Black Thumb, little and big horns until we reached the saddle left to a large rock block Goat Citadel. From there we again traversed below and slightly down hill to the southern end of Goat Citadel. At that point we saw that Curtis Gilbert was far to the south separated by a wide sandy ridge and followed by another rocky narrower ridge. The daylight was limited so we opted to drop our packs here and make a run to the summit. Instead of going to the right as described by Becky we chose to climb the only fun and solid rocks reaching "shortly" to the summit. We stayed short enough to sign the register and back to Goat Citadel. Down climbing and traversing the steep scree and loose rock was very treacherous. This increased the obscenities in our language, which were blocked by the rumbling sounds of rocks that we would dislodge with every step. Luckily we were the only brave souls on the mountain. Made it back down by 7:30 and were rewarded with the best campsite ever, overlooking the entire Cispus basin. Use helmets and make sure there is nobody above and below you!

Posted Aug 11, 2003 11:03 am

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