Scrambled the awesome Class 4 west face from camp at Andrews Pass the day after we climbed the SW buttress on Cathedral and hiked Ampitheater at sunset.
3 days out with Heather. We camped both nights at upper Cathedral Lake. The first day it rained on us continuously. We were tempted to try for Andrews and Amos and then ascend the west face of Remmel to reach the north ridge but were warned by some climbers in the area not to attempt the north ridge without a rope.
Hit Remmel, Amphitheater, Cathedral, and Apex in 4 days.
40 miles in 24 hours - didn't think the trail would ever end on the way out.
Added Remmel to the 'Cathedral Slam' circuit over a 5 day trip. Epic!
On Aug 10, 2011 my daughter and I climbed the NW Ridge of Mt Remmel (which the Beckey guide notes, "appears sensible as a route"). We had approached the mountain the previous day by hiking due south from Remmel Lake (almost 2 miles of bush-wacking through mosquito infested forests and sub alpine bogs) to camp at 7500' on the ridge. The climbing we encountered was very enjoyable, with fairly straight forward route finding, on good to very good rock. The fact that there was no information on it made for a very enjoyable and adventurous ascent.
From our camp at timberline, we 3rd class scrambled to the top of the North Summit up the stable and lightly vegetated boulder covered NW ridge, then discovered we had to make 2 rappels on the west side to be able to regain the ridge. From there we followed the ridge top as much as possible, doing a couple of 5.1 to 5.2 pitches on very nice stable rock on each of the two main gendarmes. By 10 am. we were on the summit (3.5 hrs of climbing from camp), amazed that there had once been a fire look-out there and that people can actually ride their horses to the top, and after a rappel on each of the gendarmes we were able to scramble down and around the west slope on good to loose boulders and scree (avoiding the north summit), and be back at camp in 2.5 hrs. We arrived just in time for a powerful hail/thunder storm (the descent would NOT have been fun in wet conditions - although we had mostly clear skies for the ascent, there was an ominous blanket of fog filling the surrounding valleys, and while that suddenly cleared when we were on the summit, larger clouds began to form as we descended). We eventually hiked back to Remmel Lake that afternoon in a steady rain.
The lower NW ridge is beautiful and wild and has some wonderful camp spots. It is possible to climb Remmel from the north without ropes (by staying lower on the west slope to avoid the vertical sections), but the ridge is also fun and makes for a classic mountaineering adventure. Remarkably, the route we did appears to have not been done before (no evidence of rappel slings), although it could have been done by someone willing to down climb the cliffs or back-track and drop lower on to the west slope to avoid them.
Yes, you read that correctly. Going solo and basically on trails during the trip, I was able to go faster than normal. My original goal was to summit *both* Remmel Mountain *and* Windy Peak the same day. Unfortunately, despite having a fast enough pace to do such an ambituous jaunt, I got injured during a stream crossing and made the good judgement decision (albeit reluctantly) to just head back to the car and save Windy Peak for another day. *sigh*
I found a quicker way to ascend to the top of the southeast ridge. See the "Additions" section.
Remmel Mountain was my 38th Washington CoGPP summited, leaving only Mount Baker to complete that list.
Excellent trip with great weather. Bob Bolton and I camped where the Peepsight Creek Trail crosses Andrews Creek. Offtrail to the Coleman Ridge saddle and then via trail to the summit. Beautiful meadows surrounded by larches on Coleman Ridge. WA P4k 6/18.
We just barely eeked this one in before winter. A very nice hike for the last few miles but the approach along the Chewuch/Chewack river was a bit monotonous.
Paul Klenke and I hiked into a base camp in the meadow between Coleman Peak and Cal Peak on 10/13. On the 14th, we hiked up Cal Peak then over a ridgeline leading to Remmel, before picking up the trail. There were some nice looking rock walls along the way. Found a little slab bouldering to do on the way up. The trail itself was endless switchbacks of scree, though the views were nice. Much of the surrounding area has been devestated by the wildfires from 2 years ago. Drooled over the Southeast Buttress of Cathedral, Amphitheatre Mountain, and Grimface from the summit.
On the way down we hiked over a ridgeline with some 3rd class scrambling, before rejoining the trail back to camp.