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Ascent of Goode Mountain on 2017-07-01

Climber: Russell Bennett

Others in Party:Josh Emery <13594>
Mike Nill
Bryan Nelson
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, July 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goode Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:9200 ft / 2804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Goode Mountain via Northeast Buttress on 7/1. The route is in! There is very little snow left on route and what is left can be entirely avoided if you choose to. I think I took 3 steps on snow at one point. The two major river crossings (Grizzly Creek and North Fork Bridge Creek) both have logs which you can cross. For Grizzly Creek walk upstream from the trail toward an eroded bank at a bend in the creek. You will see some logs spanning the creek, after crossing you just have to side hill the eroded bank back to the trail. For North Fork Bridge Creek there will be a cairn on the trail marking where to turn off towards the creek (more of a raging river at this point), walk down stream until you find the obvious log crossing. Its not initially visibly from when you turn off the trail but impossible to miss as you walk further downstream with multiple large logs piled up. From there the approach wasn't too back. Some bushwhacking through slide alder in places but manageable. Getting onto the buttress was also fairly easy, requiring one large step to cross the gap between snow and rock though this could change with how hot its been lately.

Day 1: Approach to Grizzly Camp from Bridge Creek Trailhead. Departed trailhead at 4:30 PM and arrived at camp at 9:00 PM. The mosquitos were out in force and not deterred by their brethren dying. I'd recommend bug spray.

Day 2: The plan was to climb the Northeast Buttress and camp at the summit. We had two teams of two and progress turned out to be slower than expected. Departing Grizzly camp about 5:45 AM Mike and I arrived at the bivy ledge beneath the black amphitheater at 6:00 PM. The other team was a ways behind us so we opted to wait there rather than push for the summit. At 7:30 PM the other team arrived and we made the conservative call to bivy where we were for the night and do the summit push in the morning as we were all pretty tired and didn't want to do any climbing in the dark. The ledge will sleep four, more would be pushing it.

Day 3: We left the ledge about 6:00 AM and gained the summit at 8:00 AM after two simul pitches. After enjoying the views for 30 minutes or so we descended doing three 30m rappels. It looked like new slings were added to the rap stations end of season last year and they were in good enough condition that we trusted them. After the last rappel you have to climb a very short/easy section back to the notch where we did three additional rappels to gain the snow couloir below on the other side of the ridge. We finally hit the trail below at ~2:00 PM and all hot and thirsty spent some time laying in the creek and filling, drinking and refilling our nalgene's. The rest of the trail out was LONG as we hit the cars about 11:30 PM with very tired legs.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Bivouac
    Weather:Sunny and Hot



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