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Fletcher
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PostMon Dec 04, 2017 11:12 pm 
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Nick, Dave and I climbed Round today. We met up in Lynnwood at 5:30, and were hiking about 2 hours later. The winter route is mostly pleasant, no brush.

shortly after leaving the road
shortly after leaving the road
first bit of snow
first bit of snow
a nice spot
a nice spot

I think we probably put snowshoes on around 3200 ft, but that could be wrong. Breaking trail was easy down low, but became very taxing near the summit. We traversed a few open slopes, and the snowpack seemed really stable.
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
around 4200 ft
around 4200 ft
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17

We took turns breaking trail, but Dave did more than his share. Thanks Dave! We topped out around 10:45 if memory serves, a little over 3 hours after leaving the car. Im sure views would have been awesome, but we were socked in.
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17

It was freezing on the summit, so after a quick bite, we headed out. The descent was fun.
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Darrington
Darrington
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
Round Mountain 12-4-17
nearing the car
nearing the car

Fun day!
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RichP
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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 7:32 am 
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Nice! Was the access road in pretty good shape? Some people may be interested in using your freshly broken trail tomorrow.  wink.gif
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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 8:44 am 
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RichP wrote:
Was the access road in pretty good shape?

Should be no problem for most cars.
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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 5:02 pm 
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When you say you used the winter route, you are referring to the way up from the south via Swede Heaven, correct? (rather than the trail from near Segelsen Pass).

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 11:33 pm 
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thanks for breaking trail for Josh and me  tongue.gif Views up there were grand today!

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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 11:49 pm 
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Hell yeah! So glad someone took advantage! And you got the views that we missed. Well done!
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PostTue Dec 05, 2017 11:50 pm 
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Also, yes brushbuffalo, we entered via Swede Heaven.
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PostWed Dec 06, 2017 10:03 pm 
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Our intrepid group of 5 and one canine made the trek today. 4 hours up and 3 hours down. Stunning views from up there. The stats say 3800' gain and 6.6 miles RT.


Round Mtn summit.
Round Mtn summit.
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PostThu Dec 07, 2017 12:12 am 
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More salt in the wound that we didn't get those views on Monday. Good on you guys!
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PostThu Dec 07, 2017 9:26 am 
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Some more people are likely headed up there today so you started a rush on Round. Some of your original track has been obliterated by snow bombs and we saw that you guys dropped off in the bowl to gain the ridge just below the summit. We followed Josh and his bro's tracks straight up the ridge (one of whom needs santa to get him some snowshoes biggrin.gif ). We skirted two rocky sections on the left.

Snow conditions are good but it's starting to firm up enough that crampons may be needed in a few days.

A few more views from the day.


The walking starts here.
The walking starts here.
Taking a break at a level spot.
Taking a break at a level spot.
Snowshoes on at 3800.'
Snowshoes on at 3800.'
The final slopes to the top of Round.
The final slopes to the top of Round.
Baker.
Baker.
Saltwater views.
Saltwater views.
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PostThu Dec 07, 2017 11:04 am 
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More pics from a summit that looks everything but round once you reach the saddle and get views of the climb ahead.
And yes, the summit is round and the views are outstanding.

The route
The route
Rich nearing the summit
Rich nearing the summit
summit
summit
Olympic views
Olympic views
Leaving the summit
Leaving the summit
Ridge walk
Ridge walk
Skirting cliffs
Skirting cliffs
Forest descent
Forest descent
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PostFri Dec 08, 2017 8:45 pm 
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Those views of Whitehorse and Skadulgwas are inspiring.

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PostFri Dec 08, 2017 10:10 pm 
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BarbE wrote:

This shot is amazing.  Such a view and the action on that ridge tells a story.   Makes me wish I was there. up.gif ~z
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