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Ascent of Russian Butte on 2017-09-03

Climber: Outside & Stuff

Date:Sunday, September 3, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Russian Butte
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5123 ft / 1561 m

Ascent Trip Report

We camped just outside of the DNR below Thompson Point on one of the logging roads. We woke up at 5:30am and started hiking at 7am.

We decided to take the easterly spur road since we were camped on it. And bushwhacked our way till we crested the east ridge of Revolution at the large boulder field. We then followed the base of the main ridge North, towards Russian. After fighting our way through the thick underbrush, I summited the South false peak in hopes that there was a connecting route (there was not). So I went back down and then summited the true peak climbing the South East face. This was mostly c3 with some c4, hardest part being smooth sloping rocks with a lot of sand and dried moss making smearing a bit sketchy. Jen hung back and tried to find a route up the infamous Northerly heather slopes, she was not successful.

After summiting and signing I went down on the North Heather Slope (which was horrible). I must have been just wanting to get the hell off the mountain because I was basically rappelling down the face via tree limbs. Exhausted, I couldn't find the "easy" way back to the talus field so I went too far east/down and then cliffed out. So I came back up and found a c4 slot I could down climb.

I met back up with Jen at this point in which she informed me about a stanky tarn she saw. We proceeded down to the tarn to get some frog pee tea. And then made the long slog back, but this time riding the ridge, summiting Revolution, and making it back to camp just as darkness came. Headlamps went on at 8pm and we made it back to the car at exactly 11:30pm and spent a good while rolling around on the fresh concrete and drinking a luke warm celebration beer.

If I were to do this again, I would hike in past Revolution (along the ridge) and then camp at the meadows on the Easterly side of the ridge. Day two would be summit day and frog pee tea collection. And then Day three would be the hike out. But chances are, I will never do this to myself again. Well, I will do something horrible like this again, just not on this mountain.

Here's my summit track: http://bit.ly/2vFbGRq

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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