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Ascent of Big Horn on 2016-07-15

Climber: Eric Geissinger

Date:Friday, July 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Horn
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8000 ft / 2438 m

Ascent Trip Report

Decided to tackle this in a day, while my partner stayed the night in Cispus basin with his wife and sister-in-law. Route was snow free to about 6400', and patchy above that. Headed over the pass at 6900', skirted under the cliff band where a heard of goats kicked rocks down at us! Took the broad gully just before the stream and headed up the loose but not-too-steep slopes. We bypassed what little snow remained on the way up (but took it on the way down). Once the slope mellows, we traversed the steep snow (left) towards the south ridge aiming for a ledge below the constriction on the farthest left snow gully. From here it's super fun, but occasionally sketchy 3rd class up to the final crack. We brought a 40m half rope and used a single #1 cam for the crack, we both agree that it's a bit tougher than Beckey's 4th class rating.

Twas a perfect summit! No wind and t-shirt temps. Unfortunately clouds started rolling in and obscured our views of Rainier and Adams. There's currently no register on the summit, so please consider bringing one if you're heading up next and into that type of thing. We did a short rappel down the crack and down-climbed the rest of the way. The descent was tedious and took just as long as the ascent.

As a bonus, when we got back down to the trail a group of campers handed us a bottle of whiskey. Nice to have a shot before heading back out on the trail.

Time:
Start at ~8:50am
3hr to Cispus basin
3hr to summit
3hr back to Cispus basin
2hr back to car ~7:55 pm

11:05 hours, 16 miles total.
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