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PostTue May 12, 2020 10:54 pm 
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JakeA, Dave, and I tagged North Craggy yesterday, great trip!

We camped (legally) along the Chewuch the night before and were able to drive to within about a mile of the hairpin near the end of Eightmile Creek Road. We were hiking just before 6. Travel along Eightmile Creek was fairly easy although there were some boggy sections. We turned uphill well before the creek that drains No Dice Lake and traversed into it at 5600 ft. This worked really well. Super steep terrain leaving Eightmile but it eases after 300 ft.

walking the road
walking the road
looking up at North Craggy
looking up at North Craggy
Dave leaving the road
Dave leaving the road

The snow was a little punchy at first, but firmed up pretty quick and we didnt need snowshoes. There were some postholes to be had, but not many. Eventually, we arrived in the beautiful No Dice Lakes Basin below the Craggies.
Jake in the burn
Jake in the burn
watch out for sucker holes
watch out for sucker holes
nearing the lake
nearing the lake
West Craggy
West Craggy

From the lake, we werent exactly sure what the route was. We were also surprised at how melted out the face was. We thought we would be on snow from the lake to the ridge. Not so much. We ascended chossy terrain for several hundred feet until we got to the "leftward trending gully below the yellow tower". Smaller, very mobile talus followed by easy ledges with short class 3 steps. We had really good firm snow from 7300 ft to 7800 ft. Good stuff!
melted out
melted out
Dave asending choss
Dave asending choss
stoked
stoked
good conditions
good conditions
West Craggy
West Craggy
Three Pinnacles and Eightmile
Three Pinnacles and Eightmile
steep
steep

Snow ended near the top of the gully. The next 150 feet were the crux of the route for us. Nasty terrain there. Super loose class 3. There are two gullies that run parallel. The right one had just a little snow in it making it sketchy looking although its probably the better option when its melted out. There was one really exposed move on loose terrain that induced pucker. Great care was taken in here to avoid rockfall.
from snow to rock
from snow to rock

The gullies top out into easier terrain but still super loose and fairly exposed. A fall would have potential to be very bad.
looking down our route
looking down our route
easier but airy still
easier but airy still
nearing the summit
nearing the summit
summit!
summit!

We topped out just before 11. Killer views. The best thing about T200 peaks is the interesting perspectives and dramatic views of the higher stuff.
Big Craggy
Big Craggy
West Craggy and the view SW
West Craggy and the view SW
view west
view west
Lago Group
Lago Group
view north
view north
Remmel and friends
Remmel and friends
register page 1
register page 1
register page 2 and 3
register page 2 and 3
summitshot
summitshot

We hung out for 45 minutes before deciding it was probably time to go. We toyed with the idea of dropping Roper's eastface route but decided the snow would be too rotten.
The descent wasnt as bad as I thought it might be. We just had to be careful. The snow was a little too soft but still plunge-able. Before we knew it, we were all breaking at the lake. =descent route
choss
choss
Dave loves choss
Dave loves choss
the snowy gully actually ended up aiding our descent
the snowy gully actually ended up aiding our descent
Eightmile
Eightmile
looking back up
looking back up
choss to the lake
choss to the lake

The hike back along the creek was pretty punchy but went quick. We did mostly the same thing as we did on the ascent. At 5600 ft we dropped skiers right and did a descending traverse towards Eightmile Creek. We found a route down through this section that was perfect plunging snow which was hugely pleasant surprise. The hike out along Eightmile was hot but quick. Cool peak!
impressive face
impressive face
kinda nasty
kinda nasty
amazing plunging snow!
amazing plunging snow!
almost done
almost done

~not many miles
~3800 ft of gain
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PostWed May 13, 2020 7:04 am 
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Nice trip guys.   smile.gif   Looks like crap rock.

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PostThu May 14, 2020 9:24 pm 
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Fun trip guys. Definitely no shortage of choss on this peak. Here are a few of my photos.

Steep Snow
Steep Snow
West Creaggy
West Creaggy
Chillin on the summit
Chillin on the summit
Big Craggy
Big Craggy
The descent
The descent
No Dice Lake
No Dice Lake
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PostThu May 14, 2020 10:32 pm 
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I learned from this TR that people climb the third Craggy. Fun to see the other two from this summit.

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