Ascent of South Early Winter Spire on 2013-08-08

Climber: Marlin Thorman

Date:Thursday, August 8, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Early Winter Spire
    Elevation:7807 ft / 2379 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed the Direct East Buttress on SEWS with Chris. We met up the evening before to go over gear and finalize a route. Had a super fun day with beautiful weather on a terrific climb. Chris led the crux pitches in style while I pulled on a few draws wearing the pack. At the top we were greeted by a welcoming party of mountain goats. We descended the South Arete in approach shoes with no problems. Never bothered to pull the rope out for any raps. Most of it felt Class 3/4 with minimal exposure and just a few sparse Class 5 moves above large ledges. Round trip for us was 8 hours car to car. We used the new Super Topo "Washington Pass" guidebook. Found it to be accurate and helpful with the route description and topo.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2627 ft / 800 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2627 ft / 800 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:Grade IV, 5.10 A0
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Rock Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2627 ft / 800 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Direct East Buttress
    Start Trailhead:SR 20, Hairpin corner  5180 ft / 1578 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2627 ft / 800 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:South Arete
    End Trailhead:SR 20, Hairpin corner  5180 ft / 1578 m

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