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PostTue May 07, 2019 6:47 pm 
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Climbed Silver Star a few years back in poor weather w/ no views, so when Neil asked if I was interested in joining him on Saturday with a perfect forecast I couldn't resist.  The two of us met in the Silver Star Creek pullout at 6:30 and were quickly under way.  We stayed east of the creek and was able to find a climbers path although it quickly disappeared under snow around 4,500'.
Neil ascending the forested slope
Neil ascending the forested slope
First view of the summit
First view of the summit

After a couple miles the route opens up in a basin Just above 5,000'.  We chose to go left around some cliff bands, but looks like the right side may go as well.  Put snowshoes on here as the sun was beginning to soften the snow a bit.
Vasiliki Ridge
Vasiliki Ridge
Silver Star (L)
Silver Star (L)
Neil enjoying the view
Neil enjoying the view
Basin with a view
Basin with a view
Below Burgandy Col
Below Burgandy Col

After climbing out of the basin we made a ascending traverse to a flat area a couple thousand feet below the sumnit.  Took a good rest here, and switched over to crampons for the climb up the glacier.
Burgandy Col
Burgandy Col

We made quick work up to the saddle as snow conditions were near perfect.
Up and up
Up and up
Summit is near
Summit is near
Neil, summit, and sun halo
Neil, summit, and sun halo
Neil heading up toward the glacier
Neil heading up toward the glacier
Nearing the summit block
Nearing the summit block
Nearing the glacier
Nearing the glacier
Heading up Silver Star
Heading up Silver Star
Blue bird day
Blue bird day

The summit block was a bit more spicy than usual with plenty of snow and ice covering the rocks.  A team after us laid protection & belayed party members the last 20 feet.
Washington Pass
Washington Pass
Summit views
Summit views
Snowy summit block
Snowy summit block
Neil with the summit behind
Neil with the summit behind
Lots of peaks
Lots of peaks
Near the summit
Near the summit

After a celebration beer at the saddle we reluctantly headed down.  Was able to get a good 1,500' glissade down from the saddle.  We had some postholing fun heading back down the boulder field as the snow was mashed potatoes at this point.  Reached the cars at 3:30 and raced for pizza and beer in Winthrop.  9 miles, 5,400' gained, 9 hours.  Another great day in the mountains!!!

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PostWed May 08, 2019 12:36 pm 
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Looks perfect!

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PostWed May 08, 2019 10:52 pm 
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I envy the glissade down. We didn't get that coming over Burgundy Col. Congrats on a classic NW summit.

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PostThu May 09, 2019 3:22 pm 
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Nice climb! And great pics! Any avalanche danger while you were up there?
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PostThu May 09, 2019 5:20 pm 
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Nah, conditions were near perfect.

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PostThu May 09, 2019 7:21 pm 
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Happy birthday D-Man and nice trip!! Silverstar is a beauty for sure!

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PostFri May 10, 2019 11:50 am 
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Beautiful
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PostMon May 13, 2019 4:39 pm 
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Thanks for the conditions report!
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