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mtn.climber
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:35 am   
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Glacier peak had been my nemesis.  Having reached the summit of Washington's other four volcanoes, I only needed this one to finish the list.  Twice before I had been foiled in summit attempts, and was hoping the third time would work out better.  I enlisted the help of five other NWHikers to go along.  Rob (OneLuv1), Greg (EastKing), Michael (Jimbopo), Fletcher and my youngest son Derek (Rocknclimb).

We left the North Fork Sauk TH on Tuesday morning, hiked to White Pass, and set up camp.  We arrived early enough that Rob and Fletcher took a side trip and tagged Portal peak (6999').  Derek, Michael, Fletcher and Rob then decided to summit White mountain (7043') to watch the sunset.


On Wednesday we hiked thru the White Chuck glacier basin enroute to camp at Glacier Gap (7200').  The glacier is almost gone, but has left behind an almost moonscape-like setting.  When I had been there the previous year, it had all been snow filled.  Without snow, it was filled with boulders, streams, lakes and tarns.  A really beautiful area.  That night we watched one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen.  The sky looked like it was on fire.  My pictures didn't do it justice, so hopefully someone else will add some.


Summit day welcomed us with clear skies, and we left camp at 6:30 to begin our climb.  We stayed on the ridge until 8000' elevation, then hopped onto the Gerdine glacier and a well-established boot track.  The crux of the climb was going around Disappointment peak.  There is a short, steep section of icefall that has to be carefully negotiated before continuing upwards on the Cool glacier.  Rob led us thru that part without difficulty.  Shortly after, we reached the ridge (snow-free) that leads to the summit.  It took us about four hours from camp to reach the top of Washington's 5th-highest mountain (10,520').


Beautiful weather allowed us to spend an hour on the summit.  We played "Name That Peak" as we gazed out on seemingly hundreds of other mountains beyond.  The views were spectacular in all directions.  Sadly, we soon headed down, but spent an extra few minutes while we scrambled over to the summit of Disappointment peak.  Once again Rob led us thru the icefall safely and we made it back to camp about 2 hours from the summit.

We packed up and headed back to White Pass.  Due to work, Fletcher needed to go all the way out to the car.  He amazed all of us by making it from Glacier Gap to the TH in just over 4 hours.  The rest of us spent one last night at White Pass before returning.

Thanks to everyone who joined me on this special climb.  I wouldn't hesitate to join forces with any of you again.  And an extra special thanks to Derek, who waited for me below the summit so that we could reach the top together to complete our WA volcano list.

35 miles
11,000' total elevation gain
(Stats don't include side trips of Portal, White and various other high points)

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Fletcher
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:47 am   
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Edit: got to the computer.

This trip was absolutely epic. 2 epic sunsets, 2 awesome nights of stargazing, awesome weather, 4 awesome peaks, and 5 awesome dudes to enjoy it all with. Thanks to all, I had a great time (except for maybe the last few miles back to the car on day 3 when I thought I might just fall over and die on the side of the trail dizzy.gif ).


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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:51 am   
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Congratulations, volcano vanquisher! tdd
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teperilloux
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 11:10 am   
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Wow, congrats on conquering your nemisis!  Truly extraordinary
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Zekester
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:53 pm   
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Wow, nice work (and pics)!!   up.gif  up.gif

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zephyr
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:44 pm   
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Congratulations!  up.gif   'Looks like you assembled a good team for this one.  Great photos and report.  That same day, Flow and I were a few miles south, high above Big Heart Lake.  We were looking straight at y'all and discussing your route and where you might be.  ~z
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Goats Know
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:03 pm   
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Congratulations, on reaching your goal!  Nice that you were able to do that with your son! up.gif  up.gif

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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:08 pm   
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Could not have asked for a better group of people to climb Glacier Peak with!!!  Having the oppurtunity to climb Washington's five volcanoes w/ my father made it extra special.
Managed a few side trips up White Mountain, Disappointment Pk, and Kololo (nearly)...
Fletcher:  that time from glacier gap to the car is insane eek.gif  Glad you made it safe!
Some extra beta on the route:
The trail from Mackinaw shelter to White pass is covered in blueberries and Huckleberries.
A climbing group reported seeing the northern lights on Wednesday, but unfortunately we had no such luck.
The sunsets and stargazing were some of the best I have ever seen.


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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:21 pm   
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Congrats guys!  up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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Magellan
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:42 pm   
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Nice work fellas.  up.gif  up.gif  That is amazing that three of you were completing your Wa volcano list.  Was the climb done without rope?
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Backpacker Joe
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Post Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:54 pm   
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Strong work.  Great pics.  Ok, NOW what are you going to do? hockeygrin.gif

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ONELUV1
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:06 pm   
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Great group of climbers and dudes.  I'd be happy to climb with any of you again.  Hopefully it's not another 3 years before I see some of you again.

I am happy to have rinsed that bad taste from my mouth and associate Glacier Peak with some good memories.
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Fletcher
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Post Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:45 pm   
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Sweet snaps broskey.
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Post Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:58 am   
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Here are some of my photos from the trip!!!

Here is my trip report on Summitpost.org



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Post Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:31 am   
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Congratulations to everyone on this trip!! What a beautiful area!!!

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I hope to do some summits and waterfalls this year with my husband EastKing.
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