Ascent of Mount Wister on 2014-08-03

Climber: Curtis Bowden

Others in Party:Maddie
Jefferey Deblaay
Date:Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Wister
    Elevation:11490 ft / 3502 m

Ascent Trip Report

Double bag with Veiled Peak.

After last year's debacle and botched attempt I was intent on doing this one right. Woke up early enough, brought enough food, a purifier, a map, and a jacket. Obvious, right? Not last year...

Taggart TH up towards Bradley Lake and then linked up with the unmaintained trail to the left that winds its way up my current favorite canyon (outdoing Hanging - both unmaintained; coincidence?). Trail was clear for awhile (plenty of deadfall and crowded by brush though), and at one point in the woods it hits boulders going straight and gets really marshy to the left. Avoid the marsh but keep cutting left...when in doubt stay close to the creek. That was the only hangup with the trail until Lake Taminah. The trail is more or less clear and includes some cairns through rockfields, but when in doubt, stay low and close to the stream.

Lake Taminah was beautiful and we dunked there and had a short snack. Stayed on the north side of the lake and moved up the clear, snow free areas up the 1000-ft climb to Snowdrift and crossed a snowbridge over the creek once. Not necessary though, because its flat and open up top. It was the easier way though.

Almost cried at Snowdrift it was so beautiful. Surrounded by peaks, the Wall as a backdrop, the flat grass around the stunning lake...gave Delta Lake the boot and entered top three favorite lakes in the park (with Trapper and Solitude). Refilled water and hiked up to the saddle, passing a group of 6 descending successfully.

From the saddle, we stayed to the south and scrambled eastward moving upward and laterally...summited the middle summit and went down and climbed the sketchy low 5-class section to the summit for a beautiful view on a blue sky day. Downclimb was cautious and slow for the first part. After that, we took a couloir to avoid the ridge scramble and moved/bushwhacked back to the saddle...kinda slow going but Nietzan doesn't love exposed scrambling either. 90 minutes back to the saddle.

From there, Nathan, Weston and Nietzan headed down for lack of water. I had to complete my goal, so Jefferey and Maddie and I decided to do Veiled. I wanted to do it for time to show those fools what's up, so I eyed the route, saw the big boulder on the west ridge, and decided to aim for that and then take the ridge up. We did it with fervor and summited from the saddle in 12 minutes, enjoyed it for 15, and took snowfields and grass all the way down to Snowdrift in about 20. The descent was so much fun!

We rounded out the day by hiking up to Kit Lake, jumping in, going over the canyon wall into the Crest Trail and then South Fork Cascade. Great day with awesome friends! Avalanche Canyon is the place to be!
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 4...easy 5 I'd
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble

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