Hottest weekend of the year in W WA, got to spend it above tree-line and on the snow climbing this beast. Long hike in, gorgeous vistas and open/green slopes, and a walk-up trip to the summit. Went up via the Gerdine Ridge/Cool Glacier route, with the entrance to the Cool starting to really open up, couple more weeks of warm and it would be a real challenge to cross. Great climb, one to remember. (Oh and F-18s buzzed the mountain daily on the trip, really cool to see).
S.Stephenson/B.Bongiovanni were right: get in there and climb this thing - an absolutely gorgeous area....Yikes! Only three left in Smoot's volcano book. Getting closer...Kriegsgefahr Zustand Tahomita!
I joined my mountain mentor Smiley again this year for a climbing blitz in Washington and Oregon, great time on Glacier Peak, used ice axe but no crampons or rope. We scrambled up the rocky ridge to Disappointment Peak on the way up and came down Cool Glacier. Camped below Glacier Saddle the first night, returned back to the car after the summit on day 2. Perfect weather, nice snow conditions.
Being from Wenatchee, we decided to approch the mountain via the Little Wenatchee/Meander Meadows trail head. Lots of overgrowth on the trail up to the beginning of the meadow.
It was 15-16 miles to our base camp at the lower portion of the White Chuck Glacier. An early morning start had us at the base of the long snow field, below the Cool Glacier by 8AM. Warm temps and clear nights had keep the snow soft, allowing for optional use of crampons. The snow bridge at the top of the Cool Glacier was still in shape enough allow for easy passage. We reached the final hill and melted water at the base. Afterwards, we did find that water was still melting and available at the base of the last snow field, approx 300 feet below the summit. We reach the summit at 11:30AM and stayed there almost an hour to enjoy possible the best day of summer. The views were spectacular, the temps close to 65, and the wind almost totally absent.
It was 3 1/2 hours down to base camp, and 2 more to our final camp, close to the White Mountain trail junction. 5 1/2 more hours of fast treking out the next day, and lunch at the 59er Dinner.. Lots of smiles, some bumps and bruises, and a lasting memory of a great climb.
The N. Fork Sauk River road opened up last weekend, so we wasted no time getting out there for a summit bid. We arrived at the TH late on Friday night, and only hiked for a half hour before setting up camp. On Sat, we headed all the way to the summit, and then crashed just above Glacier Gap. Out the next day, with beautiful weather the whole time. A great outing!
~ 40 miles, 7 mile N. Fork Sauk road still closed although in perfect condition. Day 1 hike to White Pass (15 miles), Day 2 start at 5:40 am, made it to summit and back to camp about 4:30 pm, descended down to Mackinaw Shelter for Whiskey and a fire. Day 3 hike back ~ 12 miles to car, out by 2:30 p.m.
Chased off of summit by lightning storm that took all day to materialize in the east, made it back round trip from glacier gap in 5.5 hours
The road was shut down due to construction, which made an already epic hike in 12 miles longer. Went in via the White Chuck. The summit from the saddle had some interesting crevasses opening up. We ended up doing 52 miles round trip - quite an adventure coming down in a whiteout in August at night. Didn't see a sign of another human being for 3 days - awesome summit!
great climb, hardest part to me way the hike out. nothing too technical on this route.
Carried over from North to South. The Frostbite Ridge route was varied and interesting, along with being remote uncrowded.
Long hike in, but well worth it. Fun, mellow route
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).