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Devils Tongue 8048'

I headed up to Canada after work on Friday to get the long drive over with to car camp at the Nepopekum day use area.  Fletcher, Kyle and JakeA would come in much later that night to meet up so we could get going fairly early on Saturday.  It really didn't matter that I got there early, I didn't get any more sleep that night than the other guys.

We got going a little after 7am and hiked a half mile to the Skagit River crossing.  The water didn't feel so cold at first but half way through, we really started to feel it's coldness.  We saw some flagging on the other side and followed a well flagged trail to another trail junction.  We took a right turn and started on our way to the Galene Lakes.  To our big surprise, this trail is in great shape.  There are only a couple of down logs along the way with obvious signs of recent maintenance.  We tried to keep a good pace to keep the minimal amount of mosquitos away from us.  The skies were overcast but the cloud level seemed to be rising as we went along and reached the Middle Lake.  It had taken about 3 hours to get there, so we took a nice break and loaded up on water.  We weren't sure if we'd run into any more water along the rest of the route, so each of us took between 4-6 liters with us for camp and the next day.

Middle Galene Lake
Middle Galene Lake

We headed up to the ridge with much heavier packs now because of the water.  At the ridge, we found ourselves in gorgeous, grassy meadows.  I can see why other trip reports have raved about this area.  Even with the cloudy skies, it was extremely nice.

flowers
flowers
meadows
meadows

One of the other nice treats along the way were the many ripe blueberries waiting to be picked and eaten by us.  We ate them by the handfuls as we frequently made stops for snacks.  We dropped down across the border swath and then headed up towards Silver Ridge.  We had to dive back down into the forest for a little while but it was fairly easy navigating.  Above a steepish talus field, we dropped our packs and headed East for a short ways to tag East Silver Ridge for our 1st peak of the trip.

East Silver Ridge register
East Silver Ridge register

We dropped down another 500' feet or so to the next low point and then back up into some nice ridge walking.  Although it was still early in the day, we were looking for the best place to make our camp.  We went up and over the next 2 bumps and found a nice flat spot with good views of our objective.

Devils Tongue
Devils Tongue
rugged mountains
rugged mountains

We arrived at our camp site at 230pm and set camp.  We had a lot of time to go tag Devils Tongue but questioned whether we should wait for better weather the next day for better views.  We allowed ourselves an hour to decide to go for it or stay at camp.  The weather didn't improve so we gambled that Sunday would be the better choice for a summit try.  It was good times hanging around camp with some good guys.  After some whiskey and dinner, we were all ready for a good nights sleep well before 9.

Devils Tongue at sunset
Devils Tongue at sunset

We woke to improved weather on Sunday morning.  We left camp a little after 6am for some more ups and downs to the Pk.  On our way to Pt 7103, the rock scramble was fun and grippy, on the other side, it was loose and not as fun.  We took some time on some scree and talus to descend into the basin below the Pk.

morning light on Pt 7103
morning light on Pt 7103
morning light
morning light
Kyle heading up easy slabs
Kyle heading up easy slabs
Fletcher checking things out
Fletcher checking things out
Devils Tongue
Devils Tongue

To our surprise, Fletcher spotted some water trickling from a snow patch that we were excited to see.  We took a good water break before getting over to the start of the East ridge scramble.  Once on the ridge, we headed up nice rock with several options of where to go.  We reached one particular spot where we caught our first views of the impressive Silver Lake.  We were really happy about waiting for Sunday with the nice weather we were having.

Silver Lake
Silver Lake
Castle and the Hozomeens
Castle and the Hozomeens

We kept at the easy scrambling and found ourselves at the summit to great views over to the Chilliwacks.  This is definitely one of the best summit views I can remember!

Jake hiking along the last little ridge
Jake hiking along the last little ridge
worth waiting for the nice weather
worth waiting for the nice weather
the guys at the summit
the guys at the summit
glacier on the NE side of Rahm
glacier on the NE side of Rahm
Pickets
Pickets
Devils Tongue register
Devils Tongue register
Devils Tongue register
Devils Tongue register
many pks to see
many pks to see

We stayed at the summit for about a 1/2 hour enjoying the views.  We made our way back down and loaded up on water again at the snow patch.

Fletcher and Jake downclimbing
Fletcher and Jake downclimbing
clouds rising on Devils Tongue
clouds rising on Devils Tongue

We made it back to camp and were packed up and leaving by 11am.  We had a goal of getting back to the TH by 3.  We enjoyed the grassy meadows again as we ate more blueberries on our way to the lakes.

last look at Spickard and Devils Tongue
last look at Spickard and Devils Tongue
border swath to Pk 1992
border swath to Pk 1992
meadows and the Hozomeens
meadows and the Hozomeens
upper Galene Lake
upper Galene Lake
Jack Mtn and Ross Lake
Jack Mtn and Ross Lake

The hike out was easy enough as we reached the Skagit river around 3pm with a little more hiking to go.  I was so happy these guys decided to come along to help me get to #200 on the t200 list.  I couldn't imagine a more scenic peak to finish off the list and such a fun group.

23.25 miles
10800' elevation gain
2 days

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PostMon Aug 19, 2019 7:14 pm 
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Congratulations!!! and thanks for sharing your epic adventures with us.
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PostMon Aug 19, 2019 8:19 pm 
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onto the t300 (hardest of them?).
or repulsive 69.
or the mighty teanaway 20.

congrats on the huge accomplishment. elite, rare company you're in.

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PostMon Aug 19, 2019 9:51 pm 
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congrats - huge accomplishment.

Does anyone know how many have completed T200? Or where there is more info? Looks like r3h is the only one on peakbagger
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PostMon Aug 19, 2019 9:57 pm 
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Huge congratulations!!! 200 thumbs up!  Nice finisher too, that lake... Holy cow! Great views.
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PostMon Aug 19, 2019 10:08 pm 
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rstoddard24 wrote:
Does anyone know how many have completed T200? Or where there is more info? Looks like r3h is the only one on peakbagger

don g and fay p, i think.

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PostTue Aug 20, 2019 6:21 am 
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PostTue Aug 20, 2019 7:58 am 
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Couldn't think of a better guy for this title to go to, congrats Eric on a seriously impressive and well-earned accomplishment  up.gif
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PostTue Aug 20, 2019 7:21 pm 
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Well said Jake!  Congrats Eric....I am looking forward to seeing what you do next!?
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PostWed Aug 21, 2019 1:25 pm 
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Congtaulations,Eric!
cascadetraverser wrote:
looking forward to seeing what you do next!?


Now that you have reached your lofty goal, how about trying Roper's in-jest lists:

http://www.rhinoclimbs.com/Lowest100.htm

and

http://www.rhinoclimbs.com/blobpeakpin.htm

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PostWed Aug 21, 2019 2:47 pm 
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Super cool trip, Im really glad Eric invited us to celebrate with him on his finish.

morning ford
morning ford
Ross Lake through the clouds
Ross Lake through the clouds
Hozos
Hozos
ridge walking
ridge walking
fallen monument
fallen monument
swath
swath
Hard Mox peek
Hard Mox peek
the tongue
the tongue
camp
camp
setting out
setting out
scrambling
scrambling
scrambling
scrambling
route ahead
route ahead
water!
water!
Silver Lake
Silver Lake
200!
200!
Pickets
Pickets
Jack
Jack
Custer and Rahm
Custer and Rahm
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PostWed Aug 21, 2019 7:10 pm 
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Congrats, Nice way to finish!!!
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PostWed Aug 21, 2019 7:34 pm 
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Fletcher wrote:
200!
200!

Awesome. What a cool place to finish! Way to finish it off in style Eric!
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PostThu Aug 22, 2019 8:54 pm 
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Fantastic, Eric!  Congratulations!

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Holy sh##!!  eek.gif  Congrats Eric on the fine accomplishment! It's been fun following your journey! Awesome trip yall.  cheers.gif

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