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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 3:32 am 
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At noon on Monday, wildernessed and I met twodogdad at the Robinson Mountain trailhead. Twodogdad had just done both Gardners in the previous 3 days (lots of miles and gain) but was still game for another big one. Robinson involves 14 miles and over 7000' of gain, which we did in 1 1/2 days.

GPS route (from Rob)
GPS route (from Rob)
Robinson Route drawn on Google Earth
Robinson Route drawn on Google Earth
Rob and I met Niko (who just did the Gardners) at the Robinson Creek trailhead
Rob and I met Niko (who just did the Gardners) at the Robinson Creek trailhead

The 5-hour trip to our 5700' camp had three distinct parts. First a gradual walk up Robinson Creek, then a steep trail up Beauty Creek, and finally a trail-less meadow and alpine forest climb up to camp. We arrived at 5pm and after dinner twodogdad and I disappointed Rob by diving into our tents early, pleading lack of sleep.

Robinson Creek bridge, closed to horses because of obvious damage
Robinson Creek bridge, closed to horses because of obvious damage
First view of Robinson (single small snow patch directly in the middle) from Beauty Creek crossing.
First view of Robinson (single small snow patch directly in the middle) from Beauty Creek crossing.
Rest break at Beauty Creek, just before trail starts to gain serious elevation
Rest break at Beauty Creek, just before trail starts to gain serious elevation
The trail peters out here as the route heads directly up this steep meadow
The trail peters out here as the route heads directly up this steep meadow
Campsite
Campsite
Dinner with Rob and Niko at 5700' on Robinson Mountain
Dinner with Rob and Niko at 5700' on Robinson Mountain

The next day we got a "wildernessed start" (as twodogdad put it) at 5:30 am. Most of the snow in the basin had melted so we were forced to gain the SE ridge up a loose and exhausting screen slope. Once on the ridge the footing and views improved and we steadily scrambled up many blocky ridge bumps. That brought us to a easy and mostly flat middle ridge section, but now with views to the south as well.

Early 6am start up the scree slope
Early 6am start up the scree slope
Niko working up sreen and rock on the ridge
Niko working up sreen and rock on the ridge
Rock scrambling on SE ridge
Rock scrambling on SE ridge
Mount Robinson from top of SE ridge
Mount Robinson from top of SE ridge

We had some concern about the final ridge because of 75 scramble's description of an "airy 60-foot section of absorbing knife edge rock". But we missed the fun by passing below it on the S, wasting all that worry. On the other hand we did find an absorbing gendarme that looked scary at first, then turned out to have solid rock and big buckets all the way up making it the highlight of the ascent.

Gendarmes on the final ridge to Robinson summit
Gendarmes on the final ridge to Robinson summit
Niko and Rob cresting the steepest gendarme
Niko and Rob cresting the steepest gendarme
Rob, Niko and me on summit
Rob, Niko and me on summit
Panorama S from Robinson Mountain
Panorama S from Robinson Mountain
Panorama N from Robinson Mountain
Panorama N from Robinson Mountain

A hot day was brewing but it was still pleasantly cool at 9am when we reached the top and spent a long time soaking in the views. We descended the same way we came up. Twodogdad was the most cautious scrambler higher up, but once we got down to the scree slope his aggresive skiing skillz emerged and he beat us all back to camp.

Niko and Rob about to descend the steepest rock on the summit ridge
Niko and Rob about to descend the steepest rock on the summit ridge
Colorful lichen
Colorful lichen
Mini garden growing in scree
Mini garden growing in scree
Steep rock on SE ridge
Steep rock on SE ridge
5700' camp, complete with swimming pool and ice machine
5700' camp, complete with swimming pool and ice machine
Descending scree
Descending scree

The rest of the second day consisted of a long hot walk out. Wildernessed and I enjoyed a big fat burger at Jack's Saloon in Winthrop while twodogdad retrieved his namesake canines which he had boarded there. It was great getting to know wildernessed and twodogdad, as well as doing a first ever climb in the Pasaytens for me (and wildernessed too, I believe).

Descending steep meadows to the Beauty Creek trail
Descending steep meadows to the Beauty Creek trail
Old sign
Old sign

For added excitement, we saw a big fire burning across the Columbia near Wenatchee on the way to Rob's house.

Fire on E side of the Columbia River near Wenatchee
Fire on E side of the Columbia River near Wenatchee
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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 6:56 am 
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What a hot, hard, beautiful, and absorbing trip. My first in the ...

Welcome to the Pasayten !
Welcome to the Pasayten !

It was great to get out with Niko yet again, and to meet Monty, nwhikers has yet to disappoint. The people I have had the pleasure to get out with have been most excellent  winksmile.gif . Thanks for sharing these precious moments with me. Great TR Monty.
The area we were in was gorgeous, and peaceful, the scramble and views jaw dropping. There is a whole lot of Washington up there, and the peaks, ridges, and valleys seem endless.

Beauty Creek Waterfalls
Beauty Creek Waterfalls
Beauty Creek trail
Beauty Creek trail
Beautiful meadows full of wildflowers.
Beautiful meadows full of wildflowers.
Silver Star revealed.
Silver Star revealed.
Moving up the basin.
Moving up the basin.
Lower Robinson Basin
Lower Robinson Basin
GG Alpine Vapor carried well at 2lb. 3 oz.
GG Alpine Vapor carried well at 2lb. 3 oz.
Scree slope from camp to the ridge.
Scree slope from camp to the ridge.
Niko gaining the ridge.
Niko gaining the ridge.
Ridge Stuff
Ridge Stuff
Niko and Monty enjoy a nice ridge walk with Robinsons Peak teasing them.
Niko and Monty enjoy a nice ridge walk with Robinsons Peak teasing them.
Niko still smiling, after doing the Gardners before this !
Niko still smiling, after doing the Gardners before this !
Monty taking a break.
Monty taking a break.
You can see Monty's red pack on the gendarme.
You can see Monty's red pack on the gendarme.
Niko putting some moves on.
Niko putting some moves on.
Looking back at part of the ridge from the summit.
Looking back at part of the ridge from the summit.
Basin E of summit. You could follow Beauty Creek farther North, avoid the entire ridge and walk up to the summit via this route.
Basin E of summit. You could follow Beauty Creek farther North, avoid the entire ridge and walk up to the summit via this route.

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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 7:27 am 
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Great reports and pics! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

That really looks like fun (except for some of that scree  biggrin.gif ). Sorry I missed you guys and wish I had been able to go too.
Amazing how much snow disappeared since I was up at the tarn a few weeks ago.
Speaking of heat, it is 39 degrees at Beyond Lost (2400 feet) this AM. That crazy wind is gone this AM too. I was working outside when it snapped off a big fir in my yard yesterday.  paranoid.gif
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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 7:34 am 
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Wow! Looks like a great trip!

I like the google earth thingy you made of the route, puzzlr.

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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 7:34 am 
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Basin from Robinsons SE Ridge
Basin from Robinsons SE Ridge
Silver Star Mtn from Robinson Peak
Silver Star Mtn from Robinson Peak
Robinson tarn at dusk
Robinson tarn at dusk
Puzzlr on Beauty Creek Trail
Puzzlr on Beauty Creek Trail
Gardner - North Gardner - Silver Star
Gardner - North Gardner - Silver Star
Gardner and North Gardner
Gardner and North Gardner
North Cascades pano 1
North Cascades pano 1
Pasayten Peaks
Pasayten Peaks
Pasayten Peaks 2
Pasayten Peaks 2

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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 9:20 am 
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Great trip reports and photos. Kudos to twodogdad for making this trip after the doing the Gardners. That's one tough English Professor!

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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 10:07 am 
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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 12:00 pm 
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I'll add my photos a bit later (and with some trepidation since my two good companions have better legs AND eyes) but I need to pay tribute to Rob (who did not get slowed down by a new pair of boots and a bane of blisters) and Monty prancing up and down that ridge with his hands in his pockets-- exposure? what exposure?! I had to crawl on all fours, fives, and even sixes sometimes (a new technique I picked up from RichP, at N Gardner), so I missed precious photo ops--but I hope the courage those three instilled in me will make me a better photographer, next time. Thank you gentlemen: it was a very memorable outing. tdd
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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 9:23 pm 
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twodogdad wrote:
I'll add my photos a bit later (and with some trepidation since my two good companions have better legs AND eyes) but I need to pay tribute to Rob (who did not get slowed down by a new pair of boots and a bane of blisters) and Monty prancing up and down that ridge with his hands in his pockets-- exposure? what exposure?! I had to crawl on all fours, fives, and even sixes sometimes (a new technique I picked up from RichP, at N Gardner), so I missed precious photo ops--but I hope the courage those three instilled in me will make me a better photographer, next time. Thank you gentlemen: it was a very memorable outing. tdd

Your a mountain bum Niko. The Gardners, Robinson, then Johnson Ridge,  eek.gif , another great trip. The wind cries "Reynolds".  hockeygrin.gif

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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 10:40 pm 
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Looks really nice up there. Thanks for the report guys.  up.gif  up.gif
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PostFri Jul 11, 2008 11:03 pm 
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Nice trip and GREAT PICTURES. Looks fun!!!

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PostSat Jul 12, 2008 9:04 am 
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PostSun Jul 13, 2008 12:24 am 
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I heart the Pasayten.  Great photos fellers!
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PostMon Jul 14, 2008 8:48 am 
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Hey Guys. I was on the summit of Robinson yesterday. What an awesome viewpoint!
Blown away on Robinson
Blown away on Robinson

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