Good views of Seattle from the summit.
Got a late start because it was raining in the morning. By the time we got up the couloir it was raining again. Not super awesome. Need to go back.
Lena trailhead at 6 am. At clmbers camp at 9am. After leaving the clmbers camp we got caught up in the brush from the fires of 99 and 03. My advice would be to work left to the dry river bed which is essentially a scrable up to about 4000ft. The river bed is marked with multiple cairns and orange tape. Once up to 4000 we worked right avoiding the unstable talus. At 5400 ft the clouds rolled in and we called it off. Essentially no snow at all on 10/7/2010. We were the only ones out there as well.
The 4th annual CC birthday climb had us climbing the Brothers. Made our camp above climbers camp in a clearing at 3700ft Saturday and enjoyed some festivities. Summited the south peak on Sunday around 10am by way of the Hourglass and a small south facing notch on the summit block. Awesome climb. More mentally challenging than physically challenging with the route finding and rock problems...lots of fun!
There is a lot of bad beta out there for this climb, so make sure you are capable of good judgment and route finding. Don't trust what you read.
Lots of loose rock and rockfall this time of season, so please climb prepared. WEAR A HELMET!!! We ran into two separate groups of climbers without proper gear or helmets, to which I flat out told them to turn around. This isn't an easy trail climb some seem to think it is.
In hindsight, a small length of rope would have been nice to have for the final 50ft in the notch just to calm the nerves (maybe about a 5.5) if you decide to go up that way.
Missed a trail junction on the approach from basecamp and got a bit lost on the approach. Fortunately some difficult bushwhacking got us back on the route. Sustained 30-degree snow slopes above The Hourglass with deep moats on both sides -- glad to have a couple pickets & rope for a handline to get folks down on the descent. Ice axe, crampons, helmet all needed. Even with losing an hour per getting lost it was still a long day. Would be a much better three-day climb. Not sure this really should be in "75 Scrambles in WA"; maybe it's easier sans snow.
I had some free time and did this peak on a very leisurly 3 day trip. Lessons learned. Eat more fish, suffer more, the Olympics rule!
The first time I tried this back in the 1980s I ended up bivying in my jacket in a tree well surrounded by snow - very cold. It was a good learning experience, though I built this up to be very hard. Came back again solo many years later and had a great time climbing up the snow couloir to the top. A very fun peak with snow.
The 2 Steve's and I started early in the AM under headlamp light at the Lower Lena Lake trailhead and were on the summit in less than 6 hours. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch and flew back down to the car while still daylight. We saw no one. We had the mountain to ourselves!
We did it as an overnight trip. Summitted on day one and hiked out on day two. Without snow there was a lot of loose rock kicked down on us. Not much of a view as clouds blocked all but down to Hood Canal.
My first visit here in the mid-eighties (as a boy scout) was a disaster. Not wanting to wait for my scoutmaster, once we reached the climbers camp...my brother and I pushed on with no route info. We went up a gully a few thousand feet but were way, way off route! The rest of the troop went on to almost summit via the correct route. Years later in 93 we returned and the brothers summitted the Brothers. Then, two years later after I returned from 2 years where I could not climb, we ran up again...the brothers up the brothers. On the summit we met the only other climbers for the day, another pair of brothers.
One of the best approach hikes I can remember. Great forest, a lake, waterfalls and plenty of shade. We camped near the edge of the trees above the throngs of people at the climbers camp. We seemed to be the last people on the mountain after everyone passed us going down. Bring helmets, there was lots of rock fall in the hourglass. Two goats paid us a visit before Cammie (my border collie), Taylor (human) and I descended. Despite the trail leading almost to the summit, a lot of people mentioned getting misplaced.
5 AM start from climbers camp under clear skies. Made good time to Lunch Rock when the fog started to roll in. We took the standard route 1, with little rout finding difficulties until the final few hundred feet. The hourglass is mostly melted out and should be free of snow in a couple weeks. The scree was a little annoying, but manageable. The main danger was the 8 mountain goats kicking rocks down on our heads and trying to lick our hands and faces. Bring your helmet. Overall, it was a great day with 2 of the 4 group members summiting.
Via Lena Lake and spent the night in the Valley of Silent Men in June 1994. Good snow conditions including a Class 4 snow section. I remember the incredible views and 2500 foot glissade back to camp. Awesome climb!
Great climb, awesome views! Bad beta led me astray and got onto some scary terrain, but it worked out. Lots of loose rock on the way down.
Putting down the same date as Radek but who knows when it was. I remember a sweaty bushwhack to some snow and then a hot, bright climb. And being tired on the summit. Didn't we camp in like a natural air conditioner with cold air blowing up from a melting out creek? I might be getting confused with another but if this is the one I think, Shirley made excellent pasta at camp. I think I remember Shirley kicking our ass on the hike out too. I could barely keep up. Fun time.
Brian - think you're remembering right about the natural ac. Fun outing -- can't believe it's been this many years (think I got the year right at least).
Was this the one we did on a Saturday and then ran up to Port Angeles and did Mt. Angeles the next day? If so, we can confirm the date.
Yeah, can't believe that was 6 years ago. I ran up and hiked most of Mt. Colonel Bob with my dog a couple weekends ago, was remembering driving up there with you guys and Blondie. Good stuff.
...date is a guess now. With Shirley & Brian Jenkins (& Blondie). I recall the beautiful rainforest hike on the approach & of course the summit views. A great time was had by all of us I think.
11.5 hours car to car with Aaron. A nice summit. Had some foot pain on the descent. The trail is really nice, loved all the log crossings.
Left the Lena Lake trailhead at 1:00 pm ... made it to basecamp in four hours. Spent the night and started the climb by 5:30 am. We were on the summit at 10:30 am. Great conditions, beautiful day. Warm enough to enjoy lunch on the summit!