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Ascent of Silver Peak on 2006-02-10

Climber: William Fulton

Others in Party:Robin Evans-Agnew
Date:Friday, February 10, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5605 ft / 1708 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a windy day when Robin and I headed up to the Snoqualmie Pass for a summit of Silver Peak. I knew we would actually summit and walk away successful. Robin was not so sure. It was important to him because his WAC 6 Peak Pin was riding on this summit. However, he is English and can be a bit more pessimistic than I.

Did I mention the wind yet? We were cruising through the North Bend Valley and the car was being blown around the road. We knew it would be tough with this extra obstacle. We both played it off and thought it would calm down by midday.

We got to the trailhead at about 8:00 AM. We hiked in about a half a mile before strapping on the snowshoes. We then began the long climb up the first false peak. We spent little time in the old growth forest and broke into the regrowth from replanting the harvested trees. It is much harder to make your way through regrowth, the trees are planted too close together and tend to create a bush whacking situation. We then broke the tree line shortly after the regrowth and spent the rest of the time on steep snowfields, basins and ridges.

We made it to the main ridgeline around 1:00 PM. Robin said we had met our turn around time. We agreed to keep going since we were so close. We got up as close as we could to the peak on our snowshoes. Then, we switched to boots and Ice Axes. Neither of us brought crampons. In retrospect we should have brought them.

We reached the peak after much tedious kick stepping and double checking of footing at about 1:30 PM. The wind was blowing so hard that I fell over a couple of times while standing on the top. So I decided to crawl the last 10 feet to the actual summit.

The down trip was boring as always. I was tired beyond belief and just wanted to get back to the car.

We emerged from the forest victorious. Robin has officially earned his WAC 6 Peak Pin! I have two of the six completed and and hopin gto have the rest by the end of this year. Wish me luck!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3805 ft / 1160 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:Silver Peak
    Trailhead:Asahel Curtis Trailhead  1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb, Ice Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 20 Minutes



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