Ascent of Second Mother Mountain on 2017-07-08

Climber: Chad Painter

Date:Saturday, July 8, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Second Mother Mountain
    Elevation:6375 ft / 1943 m

Ascent Trip Report

Great time to do this peak!! There are 2 bears hanging out in the meadowy areas on the ascent up to the 6000' saddle, neither of which is at all interested in interacting. There is snow from about 200' below the 6000' saddle and it is perfect for kicking steps and plunging but is melting out fast. I took too low a line below the rock bands getting around to the small tarn below the summit and had to do some wet class 3 to get back on track. Summit is pretty straightforward benches and veggie belays, didn't find the rap station mentioned. Bluebird day! Coming back I stayed around 5800' above the rock band I dropped below. Goats kicked down some rocks from above this area. Since I carried them in, I threw on microspikes to climb the snow from the lake back to the saddle, then left them on until I was down through the steep meadow. One of the bears was kind enough to be so distracted by his foraging that I got to watch him for 15-20 minutes. Only downside to the day, Mowich was so packed that I had to park a half mile down the road. Didn't see a single soul out where I was traveling though! Carried an axe, didn't need it. I do most of my hiking/climbing in trail runners, and I don't usually plug any particular products, but the Arc'teryx Norvan VT GTX shoes were fabulous. Great grip on mud, snow, scree, smearing, etc, and waterproof despite long stretches on snow. Can't speak highly enough about them.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3715 ft / 1131 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3715 ft / 1132 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2685 ft / 818 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1435 ft / 438 m; Extra: 1250 ft / 381m
    Loss on way in:1250 ft / 381 m
    Start Trailhead:Mowich Road  4940 ft / 1505 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2465 ft / 751 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1435 ft / 438 m; Extra: 1030 ft / 313m
    Gain on way out:1030 ft / 313 m
    End Trailhead:4940 ft / 1505 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Chad Painter
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