Ascent of Buell Peak on 2018-10-28

Climber: Paul Kallmann

Date:Sunday, October 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buell Peak
    Elevation:5756 ft / 1754 m

Ascent Trip Report

Olympia Mountaineers Trip: Led a group of 6 up Buell. Hoped to do Buell and Barrier, but only did Buell due to weather: Parked at Deer Creek trailhead at 7:30am and headed up to 4,600 feet. Bushwhacked straight up Buell passing the infamous elk horns and elk bones. First 200 feet of the bushwhack were challenging, but as we got higher, we found some game trails that we were able to utilize. Got to the saddle of Buell/Barrier and headed up to Buell. By this time it was a rain/sleet mix and there were ice pellets sticking to the ground. We saw Barrier and Governor's Ridge off in the distance, but clouds quickly moved it. We completed our summit at Buell. But, it was windy, cold, and wet, so we decided to skip Barrier especially since there was a chance of thunderstorms after 11am. We descended carefully down the bushwhack route back to the main trail and back out to the cars by 1:30pm. Good day overall considering the less than pleasant weather. Six people completed the scramble. Six hours car to car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2936 ft / 893 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route:Bushwhack 4,600
    Trailhead:Deer Creek Trailhead  3220 ft / 981 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes

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