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Ascent of Ten-Four Mountain on 2011-04-03

Climber: Craig Willis

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ten-Four Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4384 ft / 1336 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was one of the most enjoyable snowshoe outings I have had in some time. I'm shocked more people have not tried this route, especially while the mountain has deep snowpack. Heading up the Northeast Ridge, then East Ridge, was great with only a few minor steep sections (definitely less steep than the ridge north of the summit). The Northeast Ridge has a "crux" section of traversing over a massive boulder outcrop, but that was minor. Some side-traversing was done to gain the East Ridge from the Northeast Ridge (to avoid cliffs above), but easy. With a minimum of 3'-4' deep snow everywhere above 3000' elevation, all blowdown areas, young alder areas, and brush were covered. I put on my snowshoes at 2500' elevation, and never had to take them off again until I returned to that point. I needed to use my ice axe for the side-traverses and some minor steep spots, but otherwise no problems or technical difficulties.

This is not a route I would recommended for first-time snowshoers, but in my opinion this is should be the preferred route and conditions for attempting Ten-Four Mountain. The snow worked to my advantage. I was only disgruntled by low clouds obscuring views of the Ten-Four Mountain summit hill (which can be seen from the Northeast Ridge in several places south of the "crux" section).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3384 ft / 1031 m
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Route:East Ridge
    Trailhead:1600 ft / 487 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds



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