Ascent of Second Mother Mountain on 2018-06-15

Climber: Susan Shih

Others in Party:Andy B
Sharon C
Cindie B
Hong S
Shirley C
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Second Mother Mountain
    Elevation:6375 ft / 1943 m

Ascent Trip Report

As written for Mountaineers Trip report: We leave the campsite at 5:15am for Second Mother Mtn. There is little beta on how to reach Second Mother from where we are camped as most scramble this peak from Mowich Lake. We encounter bushwacking of alder and salmonberry almost from the start. After a few hundred feet the bushwacking stops as we enter the trees again. We do a SW rising traverse, paralleling a cliff band. We finally get above the cliff band through a notch around 5200'. There is continuous snow now. We continue heading up, but make a navigation error and ended up on the wrong side of the peak. This causes us at least 1-1.5hrs delay, but after rechecking notes, Andy leads us to the right place to start the rock scramble up. The scramble up is easy enough, especially on dry rock. We are in and out of clouds during this entire time, but by the time we summit, it's beautiful. I think if we had been there earlier, we would not have had the stunning views. What luck! It took us 5hrs to reach the summit and 3 hours down which included a few good glissades. We find an easier way back to camp by staying lower while paralleling the cliff band. Easier sidehilling and less bushwacking. We leave camp around 2pm and back at our cars about 5pm. Great weekend trip for us Rainier 100 Peakbaggers. Thanks to Shirley Cai for the GPS track.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Bicycle, Ice Axe, Rope, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Carbon River TH
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Susan Shih
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