Matt and Colleen invited me to join them for a climb of Tower and Golden Horn. These peaks have been on the most wanted list for awhile. We hiked over Cutthroat Pass up to camp at Snowy Lakes. We encountering Just Todd and Wamtngal along the way. After setting up shop we went over to Tower using the cave ledge to access the main west gully. We followed the zig-zag ledge system along the right side up to the "brown gully" and then scrambled to just below the "white V". From there we followed another complex set of ledges to the southern ridge crest and then the summit. There was a lot of loose rock on the route.
On our descent we ran into Iron and Hotpantz who were on the way up. It's funny because our same group ran into them the previous year on the summit of Black Peak. Back on the cave ledge I took a moment to explore the cave, which goes back surprisingly far. At camp we were amazed by the mob of people coming up to camp at the lakes. Outside of the Alps I've never seen so many people deep in the wilderness.
The following day we rose early to climb Golden Horn. There was a long scree slope and then we came to an impressive vantage of the summit tower. I was glad we didn't have to climb the east face. We circled around to the gully on the southwest side and then I belayed Matt while he climbed up to the summit. From there he belayed Colleen and I up. It was an exposed spot. When we were done with the views, Colleen was belayed for her down-climb and then Matt and I rappelled down. Once again we saw Iron and Hotpantz near the summit. It makes me wonder where we will see them next fall.
Golden Horn was my 30th Bulger peak, although Matt and Colleen both have a lot more than that. While we were packing up camp, Colleen looked up at the ridge above the lake and said "Is that a dog? What is that?". It was a moose! Bears are a dime a dozen in Washington but this was a bona fide moose. None of the other parties around the lake took any notice. It was our moose and we weren't going to share it.
We did Heather /Maple on monday early way down at the start of the trail we saw tracks in the dust which I thought were moose tracks. I measured the size of the prints and the distance between them with my hiking poles. but I'd never heard of moose anywhere near Rainy pass so was sure I must have been mistaken.... but maybe not! I was going to take a picure but theyy were obliterated by other hikes by the time we got back down.
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