Ascent of Second Mother Mountain on 2019-08-01

Climber: Louise Suhr

Others in Party:Mary Lou Biggs
Date:Thursday, August 1, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Second Mother Mountain
    Elevation:6375 ft / 1943 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my posted Mountaineers trip report, slightly edited:
For our trip, we generally followed the directions in 100 Peaks, using the Gordy Smith variant given lack of snow on the vast majority of the route. Heading up to Castle Saddle from Mowich was slightly moist in the morning, and we worked to follow elk trails as able. From the saddle, we headed down scree, dirt and grass, getting a bit off route in the trees above a band of cliffs, but eventually made our way to the 5100' lake. We took the upper way around the lake, following easy snow, then rising up to around 5400', to follow benches and basins, up and down, up and down, with grass, trees, and lots of talus, to eventually arrive at the tarn directly below the summit of Second Mother. From the tarn, we headed up talus as described to access the notch to the north of the peak. From the notch, it took a bit of effort to locate the spot to begin the described traverse, but we eventually found the 4-5 foot step, followed by heather slopes and a tight squeeze between trees. From the summit, the view of Rainier and the remaining NW corner of the Park was superb. For the descent, the chute back through the trees was tight, and we pulled out a handline for descending the step. The remainder of the return trip was straightforward, and even from Castle saddle, it was easier to follow elk and bear trails on the descent. We saw LOTS of scat, and called out for bear when entering meadows from trees, just to be sure. We did see two separate small groups of goats in the afternoon light. Overall, we found Second Mother to be a challenging trip for both its macro and micro navigation and the large amounts of talus, but beautiful for its solitude and amazing basins.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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