One of the greatest weeks of my life. Solo hiked then skied into south side, lived out of a perfect basecamp for days, skied and climbed Glacier Peak, skied a loop around the Kololo Peaks, all in perfect weather.
One long walk! ...Near white pass, the day before the summit... we saw about 12 black bear!!! kinda scary! especially with only trekking poles as defense! Actually cleared two peaks... I forgot what the lower one is called?
We accomplished in one weekend... two days!!! back to work monday morning, just in time... not recommended! Visit www.teamrussback.com
Carpooled to the Sauk River trailhead only to discover I had left my boots in Seattle. Borrowed the truck and made a mad dash for home while the others hiked on without me. Back at the trailhead by 1pm with 5000' and 13 miles under a baking sun to look forward to. Sprinted the approach in a record 7 hours. Summit day was cake and the glacier was in great condition. Definitely worth the hassle! I'm dreaming of a return trip.
I went up with Gimpilator on this trip, decided to repeat it to help assist Gimpilator with any route finding and such. We had fun, I should have had more sleep before the trip, but at least I got some good weather views.
Long walk, cool summit.
Brian Jenkin may have been referring to our group in the previous post as we were there the same day. (I'd like to think of myself as a robot, though I was definitely the slowest in that group). We summited in a 14 hour round trip from our base camp at White Pass, car-to-car in 2.5 days (43 hours). Not recommended. Luckily there were ample berries to snack on.
Finally got around to doing this one and finishing the list of Cascade Volcanoes (US). And very glad that I don't ever have to do this one again. Beautiful place, extremely beautiful, but quite the approach. I couldn't understand why there was a High Camp so close to the summit and only 5 miles further than the Low Camp. But that 5 miles is a alot of up and down and boulder hopping through the valley left by White Chuck. I'd recommend the 4 day climb versus the 3 day we did. (Although we ran into a group that I think did it in one push. I think they were robots though.) Will have to write a TR.
Josh Lewis lead our team of 4 to the summit. He was familiar with the route and this was his second summit of the peak in July. With this climb I've completed the 5 Washington Stratovolcanoes. Highlights for me include doing a headstand and eating Red Vines on the summit and seeing marmots in a territorial dispute on the south slopes of White Mountain.
Went with Gimpilator, Jimbopo, and Josh. We had perfect summit day weather and conditions, although some crevasses were opening up during the descent. Camped at Glacier Gap the first night, and then camped near White Pass the second night (in anticipation of summiting two more peaks with another friend the following day). Overall, a great team and a great experience. This was my 26th WA CoHP... 2/3 of them all completed.
Spent three days, climbing two other peaks on the way out. Great teamwork, weather and positive attitudes. F-18's, thunderstorms, withering glacier remnants (White-Chuck), mice trying (and failing) to steal food, and a pleasant surprise visit from a friend. One of the most difficult climbs I've ever done (in terms of hurting feet from approach/descent).
Finally got up this one after being weathered off two previous times. Went up via Sitkum Glacier. A year or two after this the Kennedy Hot Springs and the White Chuck River trail got wiped out by a large mudslide. Glad I got to check out the springs while I could. My last volcano in Washington.
Passed many very wet climbers on the way in on Memorial day. It had been wet all weekend, but the forecast was promising. Camped at treeline so we could have a fire and dry out. Started clearing in evening and the climb was great. The wet snow was frozen in the morning and made perfect stairs. Previous attempts: Aug 1979 watched Persaid meteor showers the night before and started too late in morning, June 1980 foggy, July 1980 very close, best clear views.
Leading and loving life...
First time was a solo from Boulder Basin, avoided cravasses by some strange variation I don't remember. Second time was with friend in white-out. http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/darrington/glacier_peak_washington_428.htm
We decided to approach from the south from White River/Indian Creek since all of the other standard approaches had road damage, it was an over twenty mile approach one way. One of our team members bonked at about 9000 feet. Me and the other member made it to the saddle between Disapointment Peak and Glacier Peak, at this time we decided to turn back for a few reasons, Our collective team experience, it was getting late, we were tired and had agreed to meeting back up with the other member of our team by a certain time. It was a great time though and I saw my first bear! on the PCT. Good stuff.
Terrific climb, perfect weather ... some of the most spectacular backcountry that I have ever seen!
Hiked in North Sauk river trail and camped close to White Chuck glacier with Norman. Had mountain to ourselves in good weather. Long trip with easy glacier travel.
via the old Kennedy Hot Springs route (aka Sodoms sans Gomorrah hot spring box pour deux). had the summit to ourselves. watched marmots TEAR through our neighbors camp the day before (never interfere with nature! they should have buried their food)
Via White Chuck Glacier, Disappointment Peak. Descended Cool glacier. Low visibility on summit. Great trip.
My first real climb