With Ron. Got hit in the hip by a rock from the party above us (and ducked one headed for my noggin). What's up with the hula hoops in the cave?
Actually enjoyed this one quite bit. This climb was revenge for the failed attempt late last fall when everything in the gully iced over. We did the approach via the PCT. While the approach for the route is long, it actually very scenic and the trail itself is just about as good as it gets. We ran some of the sections since the grade is relatively low for most of the approach.
The gully has a lot of clean rock mixed with a lot of loose boulders just waiting to be bumped. Mind your step because one bad step will some some toaster and microwave size boulders potentially onto your partner or another group (very quiet mountain though). The gully is also a bit slabby in some spots. Follow the small cairns and you should have no problem navigating up to the ridge.
There was no snow along the route and the summit was beautiful. Essentially no wind, no clouds, just blue skies and sunshine. A bit of haze to the south due to the Devore Creek fire, but nothing too bad. Had the whole mountain to ourselves.
Scrambled up the SW gully on Tower then on to Golden Horn. In via Cutthroat pass out Swamp creep to make a loop.
Via standard west face main gully. This route description is excellent, one of the best I’ve read that had to deal with such a messy, complicated route. Anyone contemplating this climb would do themselves a favor by studying this info carefully.
Climbed the standard "brown gully" with a good friend of mine. Was a perfect day with high clouds in the morning, followed by clear skies at the top. Solid, Grippy rock, with decent exposure
We did this as a combo with Golden Horn and almost Hardy (that's another story). This route has lots of sustained class three with plenty of exposure and the need of continual route finding. Luckily, the rock stays grippy when wet. The rock in the gulley is mostly solid except for a set of basketball-sized blocks, inexplicably balanced on every ledge, waiting to be kicked down.
The summit of this mountain is top notch. Great views, fantastic exposure, and an impressive summit cairn.
Scrambled up to the ridge south of Tower from the PCT, then found a meandering low 5th class way up the south face. I felt bad for not tagging Golden Horn while out there, but I had a late start and needed an easy day. The standard gully is a bowling alley -- I'm glad no one else was around. Trip report.
fun trip, climbing Tower and Golden Horn with great partners
Tower first and Golden Horn the next day. We saw a bull moose at the lakes.
Climbed with Chemetekans Bill Saur, Sue Nelson and Haydar Kutuk.
SW gully upper south ridge (10/2/2004):
After some route finding fun we spotted the 5.6 pitch high up. The climbing was fun if you have your rock shoes with you. Rapped down the summit block. There is a lot of loose rock filling the gullies so a small group and helmets are a good idea. This was the first summit in 2004 according to the summit log, nobody climbs this prominent peak?
West gully (10/2/2004):
One of our team member could not make it up the 5.6 pitch with stiff boots so decided to give the west gully a try for another summit attempt. Two of us found the gully and scrambled it up which got steeper as we got higher. Right below the summit the rock got solid and fun to climb. Made it to the top at 5pm and came back at dark. Twice the summit in a day and nobody else climbed it this year, strange...