No snow this time so I followed the faint but easy to follow trail to its terminus in the small basin, then did the bushwhack to the top. Nice quick outing.
Got about 800' from the top in the southeast bowl but turned back due to bad loose wet conditions.
Let me tell you about the "Round Debacle" of March 2010.
Ascending from a low logging road to the southwest we ended up grinding to a halt in thigh-deep-with-snowshoes powder short of the upper basin. On the retreat we got off course and ended up wandering through massive blow-downs looking for the road. We were legitimately lost for over an hour.
So it felt good to use the surprisingly nice Round Mountain trail to tag this mountain and be home in time for lunch. The trail was obvious enough to find and follow in the dark.
Great snow conditions made for a fast winter climb. Trip report here.
Good trail, great views!
A fun climb this time of year, ascended via the south route that most people use for east Higgins. 4,000' gain, ran into a couple people from NWHikers, lost a pair of black Native sunglasses just above the road. I'll take 'em back if they are found! Also, a few spicy spots on the final S ridge, but manageable.
Bushwhacked through clear cut until I found the boot path. Cool little mt.
Came straight up from the meadow SE of Coney Pass - worked out pretty well.
The brush bash were worth the views from the summit. 360 degree views of beautiful snowy mountains.
Dennis Poulin and I made out way up from a logging road on the east side and had to deal with a bushwhack until we hit the top of Cone peak and found a trail that we followed into a basin on the south side. Still a lot of snow and we could see footprints of Redwic and Gimpilator. We seemed to follow their route up as it turned out. Nice nice viewpoint, one of the best. A beautiful day.
Light drizzle, no views.
Although this has been on my "to do" list, it certainly was not on my original list of possible summits for this weekend. Slowly but surely, plans kept changing as time progressed. First, we wanted to attempt Mount Shuksan but the snow conditions were too bad. Then, the previous day, Gimpilator and I attempted South Twin but had to turn around short of the summit. As a last-minute peak choice, I mentioned Dock Butte... which was snowed-in at 3400' (ridiculous for July!). We then went with Round Mountain as an option... We took the New Round Mountain Trail (Thanks, Ken Russell!), which was extremely easy to follow thanks to MANY ribbons/flags on trees along the route. The upper talus slopes above the basin were mostly snow, but definitely sketchy in places. We finally made the summit in 2h45m, after passing some questionable terrain at times. This would have been better if completely dry, but we made it. No views at the summit due to VERY thick fog and clouds, although there was a nasty-looking cornice on top of the north face. During our descent, we could hear several other people ascending from the basin on another summit approach, although they had also used the New Round Mountain Trail. Small world.
For my one climbing day while visiting for Thanksgiving, I chose Round Mountain only to be greeted by the weather that drove me out of Washington. Started in rain and dry ground, summit in snow and around 8 feet deep. http://www.willhiteweb.com/washington_climbing/darrington/round_mountain_washington_427.htm
Very wet brush. Dusting of new snow above 4,500 ft. Heather and talus very slick. Views limited to an occassional peak at Whitehorse. WA P4k 7/18.
Bashed through the terrible brush in the clearcut and was happy to find the old trail in the woods (which I didn't know existed). This made the ascent much easier although I did lose the trail in a few spots (it's pretty obscure). Not much for views on the summit as it was in the clouds.
I climbed the East Route as labeled on SP. The beginning was a bit of a bushwhack but in time we stumbled onto the trail. We followed this until we started to hit significant snow. The last 1000 feet or so was mostly on snow with a bit of moderate scramble thrown in. This was not an extremely difficult peak but tougher than I expected. The wet brush and somewhat hard snow made it feel like I was on roller skates for much of the way and a cold dragged down my energy level a bit. No views, strictly clouds and sporadic rain.
I was struggling with cramps because I forgot to take or carry my anti-cramping supplements. So on the way down I tripped on my showshoes, flying down the hill head first, and while bending my right knee to provide a landing platform, the right quad on my right leg spasmed so hard that it caused a moderate tear AND a severe strain. We called 911 to start a rescue, but I devised a way to continue down without bending my knee so they wouldn't have to find us on the mountain or carry me down on a stretcher. The SAR guys finally arrived at around 9:30PM as we were slowly walking down the groomed snowmobiling road, and I got to ride in the sled for about 4 miles. Two years later the leg is still not totally healed, but I've done more climbing since then than ever in my life, by far. One of my first big efforts after the injury was Mt. Shasta, in June. I was able to do it by wearing crampons and taking half steps with that leg. The following month is when I climbed Bonanza Peak, and on some of those 4th class pitches I really struggled with the leg. But by lunging off my good leg and pulling with my hands, I was always able to get the knee straight enough to put full weight on it. I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever get the full use of that leg again.