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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 7:32 am 
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Fletcher and I settled on the eastern Teanaway in hopes of good weather and because we were unsure about snow conditions elsewhere.  I carried snowshoes but didn't use them.

Ascending Freedom
Ascending Freedom
Earl
Earl
Three Brothers from Freedom
Three Brothers from Freedom
Navaho from Freedom
Navaho from Freedom
Freedom summit
Freedom summit

After 2.5 miles of the Stafford Creek trail we ascended a minor southwest ridge directly to the summit of Freedom Peak at 10:30am.  Crappy loose scree was encountered on the ridge and easy scrambling just below the summit.  Having a view of the next two peaks, we decided to go to Three Brothers next.

Little Annapurna
Little Annapurna
Bear Tracks
Bear Tracks
Navaho from Three Brothers
Navaho from Three Brothers
Freedom from Three Brothers
Freedom from Three Brothers

We descended the northwest ridge to the saddle and then made our way through the upper Negro Creek drainage to the Navaho/Three Brothers saddle.  The west ridge of Three Brothers was pleasant and we saw some fresh bear tracks in the snow.  We came to the summit at noon.  There were two register tubes, one with a rotting piece of paper signed in 1971.

Three Brothers register tubes
Three Brothers register tubes
Three Brothers summit
Three Brothers summit
Stuart and Arganaut
Stuart and Arganaut
Three Brothers summit
Three Brothers summit
Three Brothers summit
Three Brothers summit

We went back to the  Navaho/Three Brothers saddle and then continued up to the south ridge of Navaho.  This last peak was more forested and our least favorite of the three.  We came to the summit just before 2 pm.  All day I had been hoping that the clouds would lift from Stuart but it was not to be.  Our views of the rest of the Stuart range however were quite good.

larch action
larch action
ascending Navaho
ascending Navaho
Navaho summit
Navaho summit
Navaho summit
Navaho summit
Enchantment peaks
5 labels
Enchantment peaks
Earl
Earl
descent
descent

We traversed back over to the saddle north of Freedom Peak and then descended loose scree and snow to the trail far below.  We got back to the car at 4:30pm.

9 hours
6300' gain
5.5 miles on trail
6 miles off-trail

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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 9:44 am 
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Freedom isnt free
Freedom isnt free
descending into Negro Creek
descending into Negro Creek
ascending Three Brothers
ascending Three Brothers
some familiar names in Three Brothers reg
some familiar names in Three Brothers reg
Fortune and Ingalls from Three Bros
Fortune and Ingalls from Three Bros
Hawkins
Hawkins
Lone Larch on Three Bros
Lone Larch on Three Bros
snow drift depth (around 3.5 feet)
snow drift depth (around 3.5 feet)
Adam climbs Navaho
Adam climbs Navaho
Larches on Navaho
Larches on Navaho
looking back to Three Bros
looking back to Three Bros
Teanaway
Teanaway
Freedom from descent of Navaho
Freedom from descent of Navaho
so, anybody know what this thing is? had the number 5 painted on it
so, anybody know what this thing is? had the number 5 painted on it
and all of these had the number 4. Found at the low saddle between Freedom and Navaho
and all of these had the number 4. Found at the low saddle between Freedom and Navaho
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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 10:40 am 
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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 1:08 pm 
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[quote="Fletcher"]
Freedom isnt free
Freedom isnt free

It certainly isn't!
If I recall correctly, Freedom costs $1.05

Way to find some sun and golden larches! up.gif

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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 2:27 pm 
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Fletcher wrote:
some familiar names in Three Brothers reg
some familiar names in Three Brothers reg

I remember it well!!

Sounds like you hiked the same route as we did, but there was lots more snow when we did it.  Any day in the Teanaway is a good one.   up.gif

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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 5:35 pm 
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Sweet! Thanks for the report. If the Quad actually starts, I am seeing a 3
Brothers former LO,  3 Brothers,  Navaho loop from Negro Creek Basin on Sunday.
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PostFri Oct 11, 2013 6:41 pm 
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Fletcher wrote:
descending into Negro Creek
descending into Negro Creek

You are using an old map. The name was changed to Etienne Creek in 2009 to honor Antoine Etienne, an early African-American resident of Washington. http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2009/jul/10/creeks-new-name-honors-freed-slave/ From 1968 until 2009 it was called Negro Creek. Prior to 1968 it was called N!#$%& Creek which is too caustic to print. A map in my personal collection offers tangible evidence to those unenlightened years. Federal law enacted in 1968 prevents any name which is offensive to ethnic groups to be allowed on official maps of the USGS. The name N!#$%& which was on hundreds of locations in the United States was often changed to Negro. In addition to that abrasive word additional words that offended the Japanese and Italians were eliminated. The same law is used to support the First Nations who are offended by the use of the word "squaw" for various sites in the United States. Every year brings changes to geographic locations in the United States. The changes are decided by the US Board of Geographic Names. Anyone can make an appeal to the board for what they view as offensive terms. Here is a recent renaming http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/09/07/federal-board-approves-new-hampshire-town-bid-to-rename-jew-pond/
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PostMon Oct 14, 2013 1:44 pm 
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I really wish I could have joined you guys!! Being out because of my back really sucks!!! Soon I'll be recovered and we'll get out together this winter  biggrin.gif
Looks like you 2 had great weather and splendid views up.gif

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PostMon Oct 14, 2013 3:18 pm 
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Fletcher wrote:
and all of these had the number 4. Found at the low saddle between Freedom and Navaho
and all of these had the number 4. Found at the low saddle between Freedom and Navaho

I wondered the same thing the first time I saw those. I *think* these are county line markers that have been moved around.

That's a great loop. I've done 3/4 of it twice, once clockwise and once counter-clockwise.

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PostFri Oct 18, 2013 9:20 pm 
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Nice job. That's quite a bit of ground to cover.

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PostSat Oct 19, 2013 10:42 pm 
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I like the photo of the South Face of Little Annapurna!  wink.gif

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PostSun Oct 20, 2013 9:37 pm 
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Nice weather on your last few trips! WOW!

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