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Ascent of Augspurger Mountain on 2012-04-14

Climber: Michael Wanberg

Others in Party:Daniel
Caleb
others----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Augspurger Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:3667 ft / 1117 m

Ascent Trip Report

After splitting off from my trio I hiked Dog with, I descended the trail to Augspurger, which was thick with blown down branches and trees. Not as bad Wygant Peak from the previous week, but still bad. It was kind of a scramble, but over branches instead of rocks.

As I was descending to the Augspurger/Dog saddle I came across a group of (7?) Mazamas doing a BCEP conditioning hike. I was really surprised to see anyone else on the trail, but after briefly chatting with them and then passing by, I reconsidered and asked if I could join up with their group. Such a remote and unmaintained trail called for all the caution available, and I'm glad I joined with them, even if it meant going a bit slower than I may have otherwise done. They were excellent company, and it was interesting to see the way the leaders would pause the group to give technique pointers. It was also good to gain some more info about climbing routes on the major peaks with a few in the group who had climbed them.

Snow level at about 3000', post-holing above. There were bear tracks in the snow from the sub-summit to the south all the way up and beyond the summit. Great view of Hood at multiple points on the ridge up, and Mt. Adams peeked out for a few glimpses as well. Clouds obscured St. Helens, and probably Rainier also.

There was a slight detour on the ascent when we first passed up the trail after the powerlines, then decided to return to it and go that way. I left the group at about the 2700' point so that I could make it back to the car by 5:30 for a 7pm meeting.

The majority of the extra elevation gain on both ascent and descent comes from the difference between the saddle and the Augspurger/Dog junction (440'), with 100' additional given to rolling trail along the ridge and finally 60'gain of backtracking on the ascent.

30#,R,K
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2607 ft / 793 m
    Elevation Loss:4687 ft / 1427 m
    Distance:12.3 mi / 19.8 km
    Grade/Class:Class 3
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
pleasant when sheltered from the winds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2067 ft / 629 m
    Extra Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Route:Augspurger Mtn Trail
    Trailhead:Dog/Augspurger Junction  2200 ft / 670 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4087 ft / 1245 m
    Extra Gain:540 ft / 164 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Augspurger Mtn Trail
    Trailhead:Dog Mtn TH  120 ft / 36 m
Ascent Part of Trip: 2011-04 Dog/Aug (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Dog Mountain-Top of trail2012-04-14 a
2Augspurger Mountain2012-04-14 b



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