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Ascent of Apex Mountain on 2020-05-12

Climber: Jeff Podmayer

Others in Party:Carolyn Blessing
Date:Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Apex Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8297 ft / 2528 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 1 - 5.11.20 - Entered the Wilderness on Thirtymile Trailhead
We entered at the Thirtymile Trailhead (no other cars at the TH) and spent the day walking along the Chewuch River, turning right at the Tungsten Creek Trail and spending the night at the Tungsten Mine on snow.

Day 2 - 5.12.20 - Hike Along the Boundary Trail - Summit Apex and Wolframite Mountain
We hiked along the fairly easy to follow boundary trail in the morning. We stepped off the trail and climbed up Wolframite and Apex peaks along the way. We eventually made our way around and went up and over Cathedral Pass. We were basically walking in a storm most of the day.

Day 3 - 5.13.20 - Cathedral Peak Attempt & Summit of Amphitheater Mountain
We woke and there was a short break in the weather, so we decided we would go for Cathedral Peak. Towards the top, the rock became very icy and,at some points, dangerous to be on. We decided to bail on the peak attempt. e headed back to camp, ate some lunch and decided to go for Amphitheater Mountain. This peak was a mellow walk up around on the Southwest slope. We were glad to make it to the top of one peak for the day.

Day 4 - 5.14.20 - Hike to Four Point Lake
We walked down past Remmel Lake, taking in beautiful views of Mount Remmel along the way, eventually gaining the trail along the Chewuch River. We walked in a downpour for most of the day. We walked up the trail to a nice camp at Four Point Lake…...except that it was dumping snow for most of the evening while we were there. We told ourselves that we would give it until 10am the next morning to decide if we were going to attempt to climb Mount Remmel.

Day 5 - 5.15.20 - Mount Remmel Summit & Begin Our Hike Out
At around 9:30am we could actually see the summit from Four Point Lake and there was blue sky above us -- but still clouds swirling all around us. We decided that it was worth starting the journey towards the summit! We hung out for a while at the top and enjoyed the view while a small pocket of blue sky swirled around us.We wanted to sleep on dry ground for the night, as we had not done that the whole trip, so we packed up camp and walked 7 miles back to a nice camp at the junction of Tungsten Creek and the Chewuch River.

Day 6 - 5.16.20 - Hike Out
We had a leisurely morning and packed up and left camp around 8am. I guess we were excited about the food and news that awaited us. We enjoyed our walk out and made it out to the trailhead at about 11:30am. Some people had come in and cut some of the fallen trees down, so we were thankful for the sections of easy walking along the way. We ran into a small group of other hikers on their way in while we were on our way out. We made it back to the car, changed our shoes, drank a sparkling water and headed back towards Winthrop.

What a great trip full of weather, challenge, getting lost a bit, snowshoeing, and cold toes and hands.

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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1347 ft / 410 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1347 ft / 410 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1347 ft / 410 m
    Route:North Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Thirtymile TH  6950 ft / 2118 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1347 ft / 410 m
    End Trailhead:6950 ft / 2118 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Okanagan Range (5 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Wolframite Mountain2020-05-121247 ft / 380 m
2Apex Mountain2020-05-121347 ft / 411 m
3(Attempt) Cathedral Peak2020-05-131170 ft / 357 m
4Amphitheater Mountain2020-05-131213 ft / 370 m
5Remmel Mountain2020-05-151835 ft / 559 m
Total Trip Gain: 6812 ft / 2077 m    Total Trip Loss: 6812 ft / 2077 m
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