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Ascent of Whitestone Ridge on 2007-04-07

Climber: Eric Noel

Others in Party:Dean M
Date:Saturday, April 7, 2007
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Whitestone Ridge
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3800 ft / 1158 m

Ascent Trip Report

The day before we drove up the north side of Chelan Butte, ~3800. No Snow. That morning we drove nearly up Whitmore, ~3900, before hitting a bit of snow hanging on the road. Not much but enough to stop the car. No problem though. So we go to Whitestone. First of all, our road is bermed. The other road we try, has downed trees. We spend a fair amount of time sawing and chopping at a big tree. Finally another tree stops us. So we go to walk the road. Soon it turns to patchy snow. Then snow. Then before we know it we are postholing up to the waist on some pipsqueak little Okanogan peak. Well of course this takes forever and naturally we have no snowshoes or anything. Plus I have like a six hour drive back to Seattle. So we finally gave up on this because our progress was so slow through the snow. Who would have thought this one would turn out like this?
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1000 ft / 305 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Trailhead:2800 ft / 853 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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