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Ascent of Jack Mountain on 2012-07-21

Climber: Josh Lewis

Date:Saturday, July 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jack Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9066 ft / 2763 m

Ascent Trip Report

Many words could be used to describe this trip. Definitely one of the more exciting climbs I've ever done. Partly due to weather it took us 4 days to climb this peak and we had an unexpected "bivy" which was quite cold that night. Going up Jack Mountain I felt fantastic thinking to myself "This is Mountaineering as it should be!". But on the way down reality sank in with what we were dealing with, especially the repel section. Jack Mountain without a doubt had the worst repel I have ever had. I was quite frightened by it. Perhaps if I planned it out a bit better I could have made it safer, but even with careful planning it would be lousy at best. I was very happy to have brought an ice tool on this trip. Personally I think we hit this mountain at pretty much the best time when the upper slopes are still covered in snow making it "reduced loose rock". But even then there is still loose rock. I had a blast kicking in steps which I very much enjoyed that aspect of the climb even at it's most steepest portion of the climb. I admit I don't think it would be wise for me to return to this peak. I did however have a fun time, despite it's epicness. But this is no peak for an inexperienced person!
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