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Magellan
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 2:47 pm 
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Independence Day 2009
Bedal via Merry Brook



Morons: Gimpilator, EastKing, Bryan, Braveheart, Magellan

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Everyone agreed that this is one spectacular hike.  I did not take many pictures, so hopefully some of the blanks can be filled in by the rest of the group.

It starts in big forest, with a faint boot path that is usually pretty steep.  Occasional pink flags guided us though windfall, and past scenic creeks.  There were several rock outcrops that were skirted.

Refreshing
Refreshing

Occasionally relenting it's grade, the path hops talus, crosses gullies, the first one being where I got off route last year. waah.gif  After heading downhill, and crossing a second gully the route starts to dodge cliffs via steep dirt.  This was probably the area that most captured our attention.  A slip here could end badly.

Also not the right gully
Also not the right gully
Braveheart in action
Braveheart in action

Up above the cliffs a third snow filled gully is entered.  Trees give way to shrubs, and big granite slabs are evident.  We were able to stay mostly on snow trending southeast.   We finally broke out into the big north facing basin.

Mi amour
Mi amour
Final approach
Final approach

Just as I was thinking that this could be a glacier if it was 1500' higher, a glide crack appeared at my feet.  The most direct route to the east ridge was steep, but also had cracks.  The snow was definitely moaty, so we made the wide traverse to a lower spot on the east ridge.  A few more snow steps, some slabs and heather, and the summit was ours.

What's next?
What's next?
USGS was here
USGS was here
The wonder of it all
The wonder of it all

The views from here are superlative, with Sloan dominating the scene.  I drooled as I thought of trying to grunt my way up that big boy.  We had summit brownies, and ate up the scenery.  Someone may have fired off a celebratory noisemaker.

My buds
My buds
A list of friends
A list of friends
Can't get enough of this
Can't get enough of this

I always figure out at some point that we have to leave.  We were able to traverse and glissade all the way down the big bowl.  In the lower gully it was mostly too short to butt slide, so I tried some boot skiing.  It was the finest conditions for a standing glissade I have ever encountered.  The perfect angle, coupled with perfect snow meant fun, fun, fun.

EK loves mountains
EK loves mountains
Cool trees
Cool trees



Back into the forest for a couple hours of quad pounding.  We were super careful above the cliffs.  There are just enough trees to help mentally guard against a fall.  The talus was hot, and the bugs were aggressive.  We arrived back at the car pretty whooped.

Bedal 360 summit pano
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Bedal 360 summit pano

Thanks to my boys for a fantastic day in the mountains.  We give this one up.gif up.gif up.gif up.gif up.gif  Easy snow, class 2 rock, and an occasional sloppy dirt area to pay extra attention in.  Some flagging helps, although some of it is on the ground.  I would not want to try to follow this path out after dark.  There are several creeks to filter at, and snow was melting right off the rocks in the upper basin.

Post hike spread included real turkey sandwiches, salt and pepper chips, cherries, brownies, and Thomas Kemper sodas to wash it all down.  Burp!

Ready to chow down!
Ready to chow down!

8 miles R/T, 4600' cumulative gain, 8:45 car to car
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Tom_Sjolseth
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 2:50 pm 
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Nothing like a nice mustard and mayonnaise sandwich to top off a great climb!   clown.gif

Nice work.
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Gimpilator
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 3:06 pm 
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Excellent TR and thanks for leading our way through the confusing parts of the forest.  For anyone interested, here is a new informational page on Bedal I am assembling:
http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/526647/Bedal-Peak.html

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Keep climbing mountains and don't slip!
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Schmidt Alti-Dude
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 3:13 pm 
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This one is on our list too. Good job.

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Magellan
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 3:20 pm 
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On the pano I am totally guessing on some of the peaks.  Please feel free to correct any mistakes you see.
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 4:17 pm 
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That was some serious machismo in the glissade video  lol.gif  lol.gif
What a great wasy to celebate the 4th of July. Thanks to Magellan for the route finding on the way up and for the great hike idea. Talk about an epic hike with stellar weather.

Adam making his way up the snowfield
Adam making his way up the snowfield
Adam looks up the snowfield towards the summit
Adam looks up the snowfield towards the summit
Our next door neighbor Sloan Peak
Our next door neighbor Sloan Peak
Mag help EK celebrate his birthday
Mag help EK celebrate his birthday
Adam looks down over the N Fork Sauk River and basin
Adam looks down over the N Fork Sauk River and basin
A group of morons high atop Bedal Peak
A group of morons high atop Bedal Peak
Mag glissades down a well worn path
Mag glissades down a well worn path
Looking up to Bedal
Looking up to Bedal
Pano1
Pano1
Pano2
Pano2

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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 4:40 pm 
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Great job, guys!!! That trip looks like it was A LOT of fun!!!
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 7:37 pm 
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That was a fun trip. Here is the trip report that I post on SummitPost.org.

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/526907/beating-down-bedal.html

EK masters Bedal
EK masters Bedal
First views going up
First views going up
The objective Bedal
The objective Bedal
Sloan
Sloan
EK blesses the mountains with the pose
EK blesses the mountains with the pose
EK is not the only shirtless one
EK is not the only shirtless one
Baker, Whitehorse and Sloan
Baker, Whitehorse and Sloan
Glacier Again
Glacier Again
Glacier Peak
Glacier Peak
Heading down
Heading down

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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 8:27 pm 
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Nice video from the top.  Looking at Glacier Peak makes want to get there real soon!
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PostSun Jul 05, 2009 8:59 pm 
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I don't know who you guys are trying to fool with all of this Bedal Peak business and pictures, but it's not going to work on me. I was up there 5/13/07 with all of those other folks and they will back me up when I say, the views up there are 360 degrees of fog grey. There's no peaks, mountains, valleys, rivers, creeks, blah blah blah, doesn't exist, nada, catch my drift? So how'd you come up with all of those great pictures to embellish your report...Huh!

All kidding aside, great to see you guys get up there and take advantage of a stellar 4th of July day. Thanks for taking the time and energy to post your wonderful TR, vids, and pics. Now I know what I missed.
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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 2:37 pm 
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great time, guys!  sorry i couldn't be there on this one.
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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 2:56 pm 
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Bedalicious.   hockeygrin.gif


But what about the first 6553 Bedals?

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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 3:41 pm 
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Nice report and pictures! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostMon Jul 06, 2009 9:37 pm 
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EastKing wrote:
That was a fun trip. Here is the trip report that I post on SummitPost.org.

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/526907/beating-down-bedal.html

Good job on bagging another peak. How many does that make now?  lol.gif

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PostTue Jul 07, 2009 5:10 am 
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Ahhh so there are views from that bugger!  We saw nothing like what you saw when we were there.


Good work weaving your way through the fun  approach!!

fun report guys!  up.gif
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