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Ascent of Mount Si on 2002-09-08

Climber: Duane Poslusny

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 8, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Si
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Warning Beware of Chestbeating Bullshit)

Trying to prove my Alpine Hardman ability,I just completed an epic of epic proportions: the rarely attempted Mt. Si-Haystack enchainment.

After honing my alpine skills at Spire Rock and the ultra exclusive Ft. Lewis Rock Room, I felt ready to try the first ascent of "Mega Gumby". I don't want to get into the numbers game, so I'll just say "Mega Gumby" was way harder than anything I've attempted before. Which all of you know I on-sight 5.14d, so Mega Gumby could possibly the worlds first 5.15b/c. I'll let future ascentist squabble over such details.

I started at the Mt. Si at 11:55:25, carrying of course a full rack, rope, and 20 essentials like I was taught by my Basic Mountaineering course. The approach bushwack was disheartening, at times I never thought I would summit. I overcame my doubts, and reached the summit ridge of Mt. Si bloodied and exhausted at 13:45:15.

After consuming some Gu, I made the periless traverse to Haystack. Not being able to find a partner able to make such a ground breaking climb,(House and Twight were both busy, something about washing their hair) I was forced to climb solo. Anyway the rockfall would have easily killed any belayer. I barely survived only by wearing a Kevlar helmet, flak vest, eye pro, and elbow and knee pads. On pitch 3, I was alarmed to hear the hunting cries of a large snafflehound. Thank God, I had remembered to pack my bolt gun. The crux move is on pitch 6: a double dyno from a figure 4 on micro crimps to a tiny pocket only my left pinky could fit in. After that it was only 5 easy pitches of 5.13. On the summit boulder I had 360 views of North Bend, I-90, and Seatle.

However the views and elation could not last, fearing HACE, hypothermia, and hypoxia I was forced to beat a quick retreat. Eleven death-defying rapells later I was back at the summit ridge. Knowing most deaths happen on the descent, I cafefully made my way back to the car.

Total time car to car: 4 hrs 35 min 32.67 sec. I believe that is a record but I have not consulted my Hiking Washington guide book yet.

Next weekend, I will attempt the never before tried UW Rock-REI Spire enchainment in a day. The crux I am predicting should be the traffic.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3580 ft / 1091 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3580 ft / 1091 m
    Start Trailhead:600 ft / 182 m
Descent Statistics



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