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Ascent of Kaiwhat Peak on 2019-08-07

Climber: John Stolk

Date:Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kaiwhat Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7100 ft / 2164 m

Ascent Trip Report

A two day trip to "Kaiwhat" and "Sho-gu-dope". Good description by Kevin SA at Summitpost. Jeff Guderian's GPS track provided a good route between the end of the Sulphur Mountain trail and the Kaiwhat summit block.

Some additional notes: Personal communication with Jeff indicated that Sho-gu-dope" appeared to be about 15-20 higher using GPS measurements. My own measurements with a barometric watch altimeter confirmed this (15' difference).

When ascending the summit block of Kaiwhat I found the easiest way was up a large sloping rock ramp to the right followed by a short cut back left up to the ridgeline. A few easy but exposed moves (Class 2+/3-) on the crest led to the summit. Fay Pullen register from July 2017 showed two other ascent parties since then.

From Kaiwhat summit descend down the obvious ridge toward Sho-gu-dope via an easy heather slope. Class 2 terrain from the saddle then leads to the summit block of Sho-gu-dope which is most easily ascended on climbers left (west) side. A few exposed but moderate Class 3 moves lead to the summit rock. Jeff reported another Fay Pullen register which I did not spot.

A fit and determined party could do these summits in a single push (about 15 miles and 7500-8000' total gain)
The Suiattle River Road at present is very potholed from the end of pavement. Expect very slow going at times.
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