Ascent of Cowlitz Chimneys on 2020-08-08

Climber: Sean Albert

Date:Saturday, August 8, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cowlitz Chimneys
    Elevation:7605 ft / 2318 m

Ascent Trip Report

Noel and I arrived at the TH to a full on whiteout but decided to give it a try since we had Bent's GPS track. FYI, no bathrooms at this TH, and it was packed/full at 7am on a Saturday... Made great time up the trail which is absolutely amazing! Headed towards Banshee at the Gap and proceeded to get soaked from all the mist moisture on grass and wild flowers. Tagged Banshee then pumped some water and took a break in the basin below the peak to see if the the clouds might lift, at this point it started spitting rain a little so it wasn't looking good. Since we were all the way up there we thought it was worth taking a look at the traverse to see if the rock was wet. Saw the lone tree with offspring and easily found the "traverse" above the fence. We carried up a 60M rope and super light rack so might as well use em. I placed a nut and a small cam on the traverse clipped the tree anchor in the cave and continued up the short chimney, one low 5th move, no pro. Belayed Noel off the established rock horn anchor at the top of the chimney. As others have noted a 60 will get you straight (skiers left) down to easy ledges from the anchor at the top of the chimney.

Straight up loose gully to the ridge then follow the climbers trail to the main cleft/gully in the summit block. There is a sweet (small) summit register placed in 2018, but there were no entries from 2019 or this year, even though I know it's been climbed recently. Back the way with came with one rap. Lots of goats around here too. The views of Rainier opened up on our way out, spectacular! 10.5 C2C
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