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Ascent of Broken Hand West on 2018-08-05

Climber: Vic Hanson

Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Broken Hand West
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:8388 ft / 2556 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was planning on climbing Broken Top but didn't know where the NW Ridge trail started. I met a ranger near Green Lakes and asked him, he told me just to stay on the Broken Top Trail. I guess he thought a 70 y.o. man must not want to go to the summit but just go around the mountain! I was mixed up on the proper ridge as well and was actually looking at the west ridge and the wrong peak but never saw any trail going up there so just kept hiking. At about 10 miles I met people coming down and they insisted I was on the right trail, but that you needed 'special equipment' to get to the summit.

Anyway, by this time I knew I was on the wrong trail but decided to keep going and see how high it went. I hiked up Broken Hand West, not knowing what it was, and then decided that Broken Hand looked higher so went over to that one. I saw people on top but they didn't come down my way so figured that the route must be on the other side. I found what looked like the only easy way up so started up and then saw a few carins, and easily scrambled to the summit. On the way down I headed straight for the trail, below the lake, rather than go all the way back around like I came. It was 25 miles RT back to the Green Lakes TH. After checking a map, I realized that I had climbed both Broken Hands!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2932 ft / 893 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2932 ft / 893 m
    Distance:25 mi / 40.2 km
    Start Trailhead:5456 ft / 1662 m
Descent Statistics



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