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Fletcher
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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 7:58 am 
Dave, Gus and I went out to the Sawtooths yesterday for Beefhide and Seance. After the long drive, we arrived at the surprisingly empty trailhead just before 8am. Gus was stoked! We hiked the East Fork Buttermilk Trail for 5 miles until 6500 ft before cutting off to the right and eventually finding a nice larchy class 3 rib that got us on top of Sawtooth Ridge just SE of the summit of Beefhide. We summited around 11:20.

Dave and Gus on Beefhide
Dave and Gus on Beefhide
25 Mile plume
25 Mile plume

The NE ridge of Beefhide is technical, so we dropped directly East off of the summit 200ft down a chossy class 3 gully. We were then able to work our way back up to the ridge and run it all the way to the summit of Seance. Gus really excelled on the exposed class 3!

Gus with exposure
Gus with exposure
Cave below the summit of Beefhide
Cave below the summit of Beefhide
Seance
Seance

Temps were nice and comfortable for lunch on Seance, and the views were good!

Seance Reg
Seance Reg
Seance summit shot
Seance summit shot
views
views
Goode framed by Courtney and Buttermilk Ridge
Goode framed by Courtney and Buttermilk Ridge

I had aspirations of tagging Spirit Mountain with Dave, but Gus bonked hard on the descent of Seance. That, coupled with a bloody paw, had us bailing down towards the trail from the Seance-Spirit saddle, while Dave went for the bonus peak alone, in true Golias from. Gus had a tough slog back out the last 3 miles of trail, he hasn’t yet learned how to pace himself when the stoke is uncontrollably high leaving the car. We all met back up at the car at 5:30 and enjoyed beers and pasta in Twisp before the long drive home.

Gus and Dave dropping choss
Gus and Dave dropping choss
if you let a balloon go in Woodinville, it may end up polluting the Sawtooths 150 miles away
if you let a balloon go in Woodinville, it may end up polluting the Sawtooths 150 miles away

~14.5 miles
~4000 ft of gain
~8 hours

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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 9:53 am 
A little history on how Beefhide Peak got named.  It is named after my hiking partner of 40+ years, Norm Beefhide Burke who passed away earlier this year.  He was raised in Beefhide, Kentucky, lived in Bellevue until the early 90's and retired to Manson where he climber until his late 80's.  He was one tough dude.

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PostMon Sep 06, 2021 5:56 pm 
Surprised the sky was smoke free. Nice trip you guys. Glad dave got his bonus peak
Btw, cool history from Dan!

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PostTue Sep 07, 2021 2:12 pm 
Beefhide - now I get it! Seance? I've only seen it named 8067' on old and new maps. Where did the name come from?

Never found the register in July. Just some old nylon trash. Great Report! That's a bold dog!

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PostWed Sep 08, 2021 6:37 am 
It's nice to see you and Gus bonding over some mountains. He will be allowed back in bed in no time!

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