Hiked into the lake with Brian, read about it in his trip report and all the bears we saw. I hurt my knee on the boulderfield and could not climb to the summit the next day. Beautiful camping place.
Climbed today as an overnight with my girlfriend, the south ridge. Crampons and ice axe made the trip up the chute easier. Wing lake was still half frozen. Also saw bear tracks in the snow!
Screw skis or snowshoes, we post-holed! Tons of snow. Bear tracks (mama and cub). Awesome ascent up standard route. Crampons and axe made ascent more pleasant. My first time ever in crampons!
A fun solo. Saw a small group coming off as I pulled onto the summit. Had the summit to myself - headed down as a couple were heading up. Really smokey sky. The scree slope to the ridge looked intimidating from a distance. Was easy - stayed to the right on more solid rock. Stayed right going up the chutes when the opportunity presented itself. Wound up right below the easy scramble to the top. Holds weren't positive but there were plenty plus good feet.
Hiked up Saturday to find Blondie, Radek and Shirley's dog at a campsite on Wing Lake. I knew then that they must have climbed that day already. Saw them along with Radek's brother and Haydar descending shortly after. Met Tazz and her friends Dicey and Mark(?) as well.
Stove had issues that night so dinner for Anette and I was cold chicken from a can and tepid Spanish rice. Mmm mmmm good! Annie's knee bothered her on Sunday so I started out solo at 7 am. The route is straightforward if you stick to the ridge and don't go left into the looser gully from the saddle. The last 15 feet or so are 4th or low 5th class but not super exposed. Amazing views of glaciers and peaks. Was back down at camp before 10:30 and the long hike out.
Oh yeah, did I mention we got off trail on the right side of Lewis Lake and bushwhacked into not one, not two but 5 black bears? (2 moms and 3 cubs) Had to yell at the last two so they weren't surprised by us. Oh yes, the blueberries aren't just for climbers anymore.
Climbed with Shirley, Radek and his brother Tom as a day trip. Somehow I thought the cimbing was on good rock along a knife edge but was quite surprised to find out that the ridge was very loose and ledgy instead. Great views despite the haze from wildfires. The highlight of the trip (besides the spontaneous SP get together) was the mermaid at Lewis Lake!
Nice to meet all the SP folks at wing lake in the evening hours. Hope your hike out wasn't too bad!
NE Ridge car to car. Chosspile (esp. lower 1/2) but easy climbing and GREAT views! Shirley, Haydar, and my little brother (1st alpine outing) did this as two teams of two. On way down, ran into SP-ers Brian Jenkins and Anette as well as Tazz, Dicey and a gentleman whose name I unfortunately don't recall (my apologies!)! Nice meeting everyone and twas nice to shoot the breeze. Now need to come back for the South Face route...yeah, I'm there!
PS Oh yeah, my brother and Haydar saw a mermaid at one of the lower lakes ;)
Car to car? Was there some other objective planned for Sunday? :)
thought about d-town slabbing on Sun. but in the end were too lazy to wake up :)
Hot day but very clear. Excellent view from the top. Wing Lake was half frozen which made for a shockingly cold swim after the summit.
Great views, was an ok scramble, nothing spectacular.
Great views from the summit.
A great moderate route. Some loose rock lower down, but awesome position high. Highly recommended.
Lewis and Wing lakes are beautiful and the views from the summit are incredible.
Didn't climb in Fred Beckey time, but had a great day with my friend Rod Xuereb. A lot of loose rock, but fun route with awesome views.
The talus field on the way to Wing Lake was a bit of a slog but the views from the summit made it well worth it. The ridge from the saddle to the summit presents litte in the way of route finding difficulty except for one Class 3-4 move right near the top. There is a lot of loose stuff on the ridge, however, so having a helmet along and staying tight together is a good idea.
Enjoyable climb in a beautiful part of the cascades.
8/23/03 - In 2 days with Kevin Klim. Belayed the center section. Trip Report Here.
8/21/04 - Simulclimed this nice ridge in 9.75 hours car to car with 3 others. This was a simulclimbing skills seminar that I helped teach. Had a great time. We were really lucky with the weather. It started sprinkling at the base of the ridge, then cleared off for an hour. When we reached the summit, it downpoured on us. Rained most of the way back. I was really happy we got the climb in. One of my favorite easy routes ever.
Awesome campsite at the lake. Made it harder to leave. The climbe is a fun scramble on a big mountain.