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Ascent of Second Mother Mountain on 2017-10-05

Climber: Richard Shaw

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Second Mother Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6375 ft / 1943 m

Ascent Trip Report

2nd Mother - 3rd Mother traverse via Mowich Lake. Took the standard route from Mowich Lake (Tolmie TH) to 2nd Mother (Julie Myer TR is good reference). From the notch below the 2nd Mother summit block, proceed down the gully a few hundred feet to the basin below (visible from the notch) and then traverse north east across benches and down gullies or drainages staying parallel with the Mother mountain ridge line. Key in on a small boulder field leading to a small basin around 5200 ft. From this basin - look northeast to see an elk trail that ascends through dense low pines about 100 ft. to a flat, open heather and blueberry bench at 5300 +/- ft. Follow the elk trail along this open bench all the way (about 3/8 mile) to the standard route final gully, then ascend a few hundred feet to the 3rd Mother notch at 5550 ft. From the notch, drop down and around left to the first treed steep gully. You have to ascend 50 ft. to find the first blue sling around a tree. From there follow the slings - faded blue (nice hand hold), red, yellow, then on to the ridge leading to the summit rock - easier route on east side of ridge. 3rd Mother summit register wet and in poor shape. 2nd Mother summit register was not found. Total time just less than 11 hours car to car for both peaks.
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