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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 6:13 am 

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.

The Needles
The Needles
Golden Horn and Tower
Golden Horn and Tower
Hardy (look closely for Matt and Cartman)
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Hardy (look closely for Matt and Cartman)
Lower Snowy Lake
Lower Snowy Lake
Camp
Camp
Tower West Face
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Tower West Face
Gully Action
Gully Action
Ledges
Ledges
Colleen
Colleen
Loose Rock
Loose Rock
In The "Brown Gully" Section
In The "Brown Gully" Section
Nearing The White V
Nearing The White V
Tower Summit
Tower Summit
Golden Horn
Golden Horn
Forest Fire Smoke
Forest Fire Smoke
Hardy, Glacier, Mesahchie, etc.
Hardy, Glacier, Mesahchie, etc.
Azurite, Ballard
Azurite, Ballard
The Lakes
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The Lakes
Baker, Shuksan, Jack, etc.
Baker, Shuksan, Jack, etc.
The White V
The White V
Cave Exploration
Cave Exploration
In The Very Back
In The Very Back
Tower Reflection
Tower Reflection
Fading Light
Fading Light
Alpenglow
Alpenglow

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.

First Light On Golden Horn
First Light On Golden Horn
Hardy From Upper Snowy Lake
Hardy From Upper Snowy Lake
Hardy Looking Good
Hardy Looking Good
Scree Slog
Scree Slog
A Smurf High On Golden Horn
A Smurf High On Golden Horn
Matt
Matt
Summit Tower East Face
Summit Tower East Face
SW Gully
SW Gully
Tricky Spot
Tricky Spot
The Summit Mantle Spot
The Summit Mantle Spot
Golden Horn Summit
Golden Horn Summit
Some Exposure
Some Exposure

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.

That's Not An Elk
That's Not An Elk
Our Epic Moose
Our Epic Moose
Tower
Tower
Silver Star
Silver Star
Porcupine
Porcupine

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.

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 6:23 am 

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 6:59 am 
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looking forward to the moose footage too ... that's awesome

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 7:16 am 
You also have 1/5 of the steepest mountains in Washington, now, too. Good job!

Oh, and I see someone found my moose costume.  clown.gif

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 7:20 am 
Hey Gimp -- nice to somewhat meet you.  smile.gif  Looks like you guys had a successful trip - we're envious you got to see a moose! Especially with so many people (I'm assuming since we passed so many).

And it looks like your route up Tower was what we all thought would be a route -- the "brown gully."

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 8:00 am 
good to see you guys again. my vote for next fall's random encounter: something in the entiat. smile.gif

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 9:44 am 
You didn't take the crack 5.6 route anyway  on Tower...which is what I would have wanted to do.

Looks like a great trip...

@Matt,
I am very good at keeping rocks in place while climbing  biggrin.gif

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 9:46 am 
iron wrote:
good to see you guys again. my vote for next fall's random encounter: something in the entiat. smile.gif

Ack! why doesn't anyone invite me along!   embarassedlaugh.gif

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 10:01 am 
One tough-looking mountain after another - you make it look so easy!   borank.gif

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 10:40 am 
Bumped these peaks closer to the top of my list. Great report and pictures.

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 7:43 pm 
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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 7:54 pm 
Gimpilator wrote:
Hardy Looking Good
Hardy Looking Good

That's such a cool looking peak from that vantage.  I climbed the back side of it many years ago.  Similar to Golden Horn, mostly a scree slog with a little scrambling at the end.

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 7:59 pm 
Looks super fun.  up.gif  A moose is a real treat to see in this part of the state.

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PostMon Oct 08, 2012 8:27 pm 
ditto.gif regarding the previous photo.  Great job on the colors and the depth of field from the foreground red blueberries to the golden larches to Porcupine Peak in the background.

I can't believe you saw a moose in that area.  Which ridge was it on?

Sorry I missed seeing you among the crowds there.  Cartman and I carpooled with Mike & Carrie and scrambled up Hardy.

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PostTue Oct 09, 2012 10:09 am 
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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