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Ascent of Axis Peak on 2006-06-21

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Axis Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7550 ft / 2301 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thanks, Gren, for your trip report to Axis Peak on June 17. The peaks were predicted to be in the clouds on the west side yesterday, so your report facilitated a quick spur of the moment decision to change my plans to the east side.

It's about a 3 hour drive from Edmonds, so I was up at 3:30 a.m. and left home at 4:15. Sure enough, the peaks were all drearily clouded up and Stevens Pass was the foggiest I've ever seen it, but there were no clouds to be seen before getting to Leavenworth.

There's not much to add to your excellent report except that I encountered no snow whatsoever on the way to the summit except a minor patch on the trail. The ice axe I carried was superfluous. The peak can be done in running shoes now, if so desired. Climbing the rock and boulders up from the lake was fun. It took one and 3/4 hours from Lake Stuart to the summit, but I had a light pack. The reported lady bugs are still there. Since you reported no register, I left a plastic film can register buried under some rocks just below the highest rock. It took one hour sliding down the scree in the gullies to get back to the lake where I emptied my boots.

With time to spare I crossed the outlet stream on many logs and got a wet foot jumping onto a log that didn't hold my weight. The boot dried right up in the warm weather. I changed my mind about jumping onto one log when I noticed a snake sunning itself upon it. After hiking halfway around the lake, I'd had enough and on returning, I crossed the outlet further down right above a waterfall. On crashing through the woods back to the trail a girl hiking up the trail said she thought I was a bear. She said she had seen a brown bear earlier in the day.

What a great way to spend the first day of summer!
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