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Ascent of Abercrombie Mountain on 2010-08-14

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Petter Bjørstad
Date:Saturday, August 14, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Abercrombie Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7308 ft / 2227 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy pre-breakfast bag. We drove to the trailhead (1528m) above Leadpoint, the previous evening: directions as follows:
In Colville, US-395 north, turn R (E) on SR-20 (stoplight, mile 0.0); at mile 1.1 turn L (N) on Aladdin Rd; mile 26.5 fork L onto road 9445; drive past Deep Lake, to Leadpoint; at mile 33.7 turn R onto Silver Creek Road (good dirt road); at mile 34.3 fork L; cross cattle guard (mile 35.2); at mile 35.6 fork L, uphill. At mile 39.9, forest road turns sharp L and becomes road #300 (signpost for trailhead); trailhead where road ends at mile 43.3. We had 4x4, last 3mi of approach would be just about feasible without high-clearance - probably...

We had a few views of the summit from the early part of road #300 - best seen afternoon/evening when sun is behind you. We also got a view from the main road 9445 between Leadpoint and Deep Lake. It is set back and looks pretty unspectacular...

We started hiking at 05:15, first light, wide trail (old forest road), zigzags upwards to reach a T-junction: signpost indicates summit is to L. Forest gradually thins; summit area has partially stony slopes and scattered pines; benchmark (elevation value has been defaced) and cairn at summit with base of a former building nearby. Plenty of peaks visible to N (BC) and east; we didn't identify any: one to the WNW looked like it should be pretty prominent but didn't seem to tie up with any of the Ultras. (Petter advises: subsequently identified by Jonathan de Ferranti as Old Glory Mountain, Elevation, 2376 (higher than Abercrmbie), P1046)

Summit in 1h15, down in same time, then back to Colville for breakfast before a scenic drive S via the Columbia and Snake rivers, to Riggins, for a meal before driving up to the Seven Devils campground ready for tomorrows's He+She Devil ascent.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2295 ft / 700 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:Western approach
    Trailhead:TH above Leadpoint  5013 ft / 1527 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes



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