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Ascent of Cowlitz Chimneys on 2020-08-01

Climber: Stephen Bobick

Others in Party:Stefan Bobick
Date:Saturday, August 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cowlitz Chimneys
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7605 ft / 2318 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the summit of Banshee we dropped into the basin below the peak (6700') and traversed below the "solitary tree". While in the basin fog rolled in and obscured our route. Fortunately it cleared as we completed the traverse under the tree.

We pitched out the 30' traverse and 15' slot, placing 3 pieces (2 small X4s and a 0.5 C4). The scrambling was loose but fun to the summit. We picked a class 3+ gully with a couple exposed spots.

Time to summit from Banshee: 3:15. We rappeled the slot and skipped the traverse using a 60m rope which was just long enough. We took 6:15 from summit to cars with a couple breaks. On the return we skipped Banshee Peak and traversed around 7000' until able to get back on the open meadows again and head back towards Panhandle Gap.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Rope, Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: Banshee and Cowlitze (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Banshee Peak2020-08-01 1 
2Cowlitz Chimneys2020-08-01 2 



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