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Ascent of Big Horn on 2010-08-19

Climber: Charlie Winger

Date:Thursday, August 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Horn
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped about 20 feet above trail where Cispus Creek drains the basin. There was an existing campsite at this location. Next morning we departed camp at 7:30 AM and hiked up toward the peak, arriving at the saddle shortly thereafter. Drop down into the next drainage about 50 feet and the proceed about 300 yards to your left to gain access to the wide gully with a prominent stream. Hiked up to the right of the stream and work your way up toward the peak and then cross over to the left to gain the main gully below the summit block. These directions would be different if you encountered more snow than we did. The summit block crack probably is 5.4 but could easily be soloed if you were a competent rock leader (whatever that is) or just bring along some pro and a pair of aiders to surmount the crack. We rappelled from the top and then did one additional rappel which gave us access to the existing snowfield which had softened so crampons were not necessary for the downclimb back to solid ground. We did use our crampons for the short snow traverse when going from right to left on the ascent. We were back in camp at 1:30 PM after spending about 30 minutes on top.
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