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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 10:18 am 
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We hiked in to Marmot Lake on Saturday, hemmed-in under clouds.  The brush was wet and so were our feet.  We found an isolated camp spot and left our overnight gear there.  Then we back-tracked to near the outlet of the lake and left the trail.  We crossed over two short hills and then made an ascending traverse due north to the crest of the southeast ridge of Terrace Mountain. There's a goat trail along most of the ridge crest. When we came to the second highest terrace and followed that north to where it joins the other route on the northeast ridge.

Marmot
Marmot
terraces on Terrace
terraces on Terrace
Marmot below
Marmot below
Mountlake Terrace  :lol:
Mountlake Terrace  lol.gif
nice slabs
nice slabs
north ridge
north ridge
chimney above the notch
chimney above the notch
Terrace summit
Terrace summit

This upper terrace has nice granite slabs.  We scrambled up the northeast ridge, descended a class 3 chimney to a notch, and then traversed ledges around to exposed heather slopes on the upper north face.  It was raining slightly and we were in a white-out.  We couldn't find a register on the summit.  From the summit of Terrace we followed the ridge south, hoping to traverse over to Shroud.  The rocks were slightly wet from the misty rain and we couldn't see where to drop off the ridge in the white-out.  Shroud was a no-go.  We went back to camp for a leisurely evening.

Terrace above Marmot
Terrace above Marmot
Jade
Jade
glacier
glacier
mini crevasse
mini crevasse

The next morning we started up towards Jade Lake.  The brush was wet again and we soaked our feet and pants.  Along the way, Redwic puked 3 times.  WTF?  It had to be food poisoning or the flu.  He decided to stay at Jade Lake while Josh and I went for Dip Top and Lynch.  Major bummer.  We crossed talus and scree and came to the toe of the glacier.  It was not steep, but there were some small crevasses and it was very icy and slick.  We ascended the left side where plentiful rock made for good traction.  We did not bring axes or crampons on this trip, but we did have micro-spikes.  We didn't need those until the very top where less rock debris covered the surface of the glacier.  At the col we took in the view of Pea Soup Lake and Daniel.  Wow!  Definitely one of the best sights in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Daniel
Daniel
Pea Soup
Pea Soup
slab ramps
slab ramps
Lynch
Lynch
Hinman
Hinman
Rainier and Bears Breast
Rainier and Bears Breast
Josh near Dip Top summit
Josh near Dip Top summit
Pea Soup outlet
Pea Soup outlet
narrow section
narrow section
slab ramps
slab ramps

We scrambled up slabby ledges on the south side of the east ridge of Dip Top and then ended on the crest.  There was a narrow section right before the summit.  No register present.  We could see a lot of smoke to the east and north.  And there was Hinman!  Lynch looked very intimidating with unavoidable cliffs 300 feet high .  Thankfully I had a route photo from Matt's report and we were able to determine exactly where the ledge route starts.  We descended back to the col and started up the ledge route.  Josh suggested the route should be named Lynch-mob.  The ledges were very exposed in places and I made a few moves over piles of loose rock that didn't inspire much confidence.  Josh said he did some class 4 to bypass the loose sections, but I was able to avoid the 4th class by sticking to the loose sections.

unavoidable cliffs on Lynch
unavoidable cliffs on Lynch
access gully to ramps
access gully to ramps
traverse above cliffs
traverse above cliffs
heather slopes on south face of Lynch
heather slopes on south face of Lynch
looking good
looking good
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Lynch summit
Lynch summit

Truth be told, I was scared here.  But the route went beautifully and we came out on the upper slopes where we were able to traverse steep heather above cliffs to reach the upper south face.  Again, there was no register on the summit.  The summit marked a milestone for me in 2,000,000 feet of vertical gain over my peakbagging career.  Despite having no beta for it, we decided to descend the north ridge (I don't yet own the brown Beckey guide).  It looked a lot more appealing than the way we came up.  It was loose, but less exposed than the west ledges route.  We followed it down to a saddle and then descended scree and slabs back to the glacier.  There was some steep loose scree between the slabs and the glacier.  Back at camp at 5pm, Craig was already packed up and rearing to go.  He took off and we didn't see him until we got back to the car.

5 lakes and Lynch north peak
5 lakes and Lynch north peak
descending the north ridge
descending the north ridge
north ridge below
north ridge below
back at the glacier
back at the glacier
loose crap
loose crap

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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 11:56 am 
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Wow - colors in Pea Soup and Jade are stunning right now. Can't believe how bare Hinman is (well, I can, but...). Some really cool shots, love the perspective on this one.

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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 12:12 pm 
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Hyas Lake
Hyas Lake
Terrace Mountain
Terrace Mountain
Marmot Lake
Marmot Lake
Terrace Mountain North Ridge
Terrace Mountain North Ridge
Looking Down our Route
Looking Down our Route
Deep Gully
Deep Gully
Scrambling near the Summit
Scrambling near the Summit
Gimpilator near the Top
Gimpilator near the Top
Exploring the South Ridge
Exploring the South Ridge
Down Climbing from the Summit
Down Climbing from the Summit
Heading up the Gully
Heading up the Gully
Hiking with Lake Clarice
Hiking with Lake Clarice
Marmot Lake in the Morning
Marmot Lake in the Morning
Bouldery Trail
Bouldery Trail
The Trail to Jade Lake
The Trail to Jade Lake
Morning Mist from the Woods
Morning Mist from the Woods
Mist over Jade Lake
Mist over Jade Lake
Redwic with Jade Lake
Redwic with Jade Lake
Jade Lake Reflection
Jade Lake Reflection
Heading Towards the Glacier
Heading Towards the Glacier
The Glacier
The Glacier
Terrace Mountain
Terrace Mountain
Lynch Glacier Terminus
Lynch Glacier Terminus
Mount Daniel with Pea Soup Lake
Mount Daniel with Pea Soup Lake
Walking the Terrace
Walking the Terrace
Looking Back
Looking Back
Gimpilator with Mount Daniel
Gimpilator with Mount Daniel
Bears Breast Mountain
Bears Breast Mountain
Hinman's East Side
Hinman's East Side
Looking Down Diptop
Looking Down Diptop
Summit Ridge of Diptop
Summit Ridge of Diptop
Looking down on Peasoup Lake
Looking down on Peasoup Lake
Heading Down the Ridge
Heading Down the Ridge
Scrambling Lynch
Scrambling Lynch
Gimpilator with the Glacier
Gimpilator with the Glacier
Traversing with Mount Daniel
Traversing with Mount Daniel
Mount Daniel from Lynch's Summit
Mount Daniel from Lynch's Summit
Diptop Mountain
Diptop Mountain
Marmot Lake, Noname, and Jade
Marmot Lake, Noname, and Jade
East Ridge of Lynch
East Ridge of Lynch
Down Climbing the North Ridge
Down Climbing the North Ridge
Jumar Mountain with Baring
Jumar Mountain with Baring
Looking Down the North Slope
Looking Down the North Slope
Interesting Peak to the North
Interesting Peak to the North
Looking Back up our Route
Looking Back up our Route
Shadows on the Ridge
Shadows on the Ridge
Steep Tower Above
Steep Tower Above
Jade Lake like a Gem
Jade Lake like a Gem
Mount Daniel from way Below
Mount Daniel from way Below
Hyas Lake
Hyas Lake

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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 12:14 pm 
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Pea Soup Lake is looking amazing.  I ascended that glacier above Jade Lake last year in mid July and wasn't sure if it really is a glacier.  Turns out it is.  Totally different condition than when I was on it.
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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 1:04 pm 
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Ha! So close to meeting you guys; hope Redwic is better and looks like an exciting trip.
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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 1:24 pm 
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Where are the other crew members,  Anish and Michael Lewis?
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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 1:28 pm 
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Keep Calm wrote:
Where are the other crew members,  Anish and Michael Lewis?

Michael was working and Anish is hiking elsewhere.

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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 6:35 pm 
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Nice report! I was one of the two girls you passed just below Marmot. Your views around diptop gap make me very jealous. All we saw were clouds and rain. Glad the weather didn't foil your trip.
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PostMon Aug 17, 2015 6:50 pm 
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It was nice to meet you, even if briefly.  Sorry the weather didn't cooperate for your trip.  I recognize your avatar pic now too.   smile.gif

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PostTue Aug 18, 2015 6:11 am 
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Due to not feeling well, I slept more within 24 hours than I normally do within 48 hours. But although I was not feeling well during the day of Dip Top and Lynch, I still had fun. I got to visit Terrace Mountain, which has interested me for a while, and I got to visit Marmot, No Name, and Jade Lakes. Jade Lake is one of the prettiest-colored lakes in the ALW. Skipping out on the last two peaks gave me time to rest and recover a bit, socialize a little with local hikers and campers, and soak in the views.

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Nice report! I was one of the two girls you passed just below Marmot.

Nice to meet you and your friend. Thanks for the friendly encounter.  up.gif

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Back at camp at 5pm, Craig was already packed up and rearing to go.  He took off and we didn't see him until we got back to the car.

I took some group gear and helped get the camp ready for a quicker teardown, so that the team would not be hiking out in the dark.  up.gif

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hope Redwic is better

Yes. I started feeling a lot better after drinking some Zipfizz-induced water during the decent from Deception Pass. Then my body felt more normal by midday Monday.

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PostTue Aug 18, 2015 12:58 pm 
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Nice report and I'm looking forward to Josh's photos too. Are you guys all working on the Home Court?

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PostTue Aug 18, 2015 2:26 pm 
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Nice report and I'm looking forward to Josh's photos too. Are you guys all working on the Home Court?

Thanks Monty!  To my knowledge, none of us are actively working that list.  It sure has a lot of nice peaks though.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you the current leader?

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Mike Collins and Fay Pullen have each completed the list, I believe.

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Given up the Home Court for three reasons 1) Middle Index 2) Middle Index 3) Middle Index. And I'm topping out on peakbagger because 59 of the Middle Fork peaks are in the Home Court.

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Given up the Home Court for three reasons 1) Middle Index 2) Middle Index 3) Middle Index

lol.gif  Yeah, no thanks!  No interest whatsoever in climbing that peak.

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