Ascent of Mount Washington on 2014-08-27

Climber: Paul Kallmann

Date:Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Washington
    Elevation:7794 ft / 2375 m

Ascent Trip Report

Successful Mazamas Climb August 2014:

Our carpool met in Portland at 4am and we drove to our meeting spot at Santiam Pass. We met up with a couple of climbers who camped out the night before and then proceeded to our trailhead at Big Lake. We divided ropes and gear, did our introductions, and started on the trail just after 7am. We joined up with the PCT and then found the rock cairn on the PCT that indicated the climber's route to Mt. Washington. The trail up to the north ridge is not maintained, but it is visible enough to get up the ridge without any major issues. We crested the north ridge at 6,000 feet. The north ridge has scree in places and other loose rock that slowed us down a little bit, but we trudged up the next 1,500 feet or so up to the a small saddle at the base of the summit block arriving at about 10:30am.

We had two fixed lines set up. At the top of the second fixed line, we were 30 feet below the summit. We walked up to the summit and arrived at 12:30pm. The weather was clear with just a slight breeze. We could see Three Fingered Jack and Mt Jefferson off to the north, obscured somewhat by smoke from wildfires in Central Oregon. To our Southeast were the Three Sisters. After summit photos and a few candy treats, we descended following the same path we came up on. However, we rappelled down the last 50 feet back to where we had left the packs.

We were back at the saddle around 3pm. We put away our harnesses, grabbed our gear and descended down the north ridge. We found the cairn that indicated the route back to the PCT, but somehow, the trail petered out about 300 feet below the ridge, so we had to descend off trail using a GPS unit to get us back to the PCT/climber's trail intersection. The rest of the hike was uneventful and we arrived back at the cars just after 6pm. After receiving out summit certificates, we congratulated each other and then got into the cars to head back to Portland.

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    Start Trailhead:Big Lake  
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