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Ascent of Winchester Mountain on 2012-09-22

Climber: Nancy Willis

Others in Party:Eric Noel
Date:Saturday, September 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Winchester Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6510 ft / 1984 m

Ascent Trip Report

Friday: It was quite foggy as we drove up Twin Lakes Road towards our campsite. As we ascended above the fog bank we came upon gorgeous alpine views and amazing fall colors. The road was crazy bumpy but the views were well worth it.

We found a great campsite situated between the Twin Lakes. What a great spot!! Mountains all around...the sounds of a nearby stream, like a small waterfall.

As the sun goes down a warm glow sets on the face of the mountains.

Then nightfall...WOW! So many stars! Eric said it was not as many stars as he had hoped we would see...but yowza! It was way cool. Such a beautiful place.

Saturday am: It rained all night. I woke up at one point when I realized my boots were on the picnic table and hurried out of the tent to rescue them from the rain. I am not a fan of the dark (to put it mildly)...so when I saw movement on the table..I screamed. It was a mouse. Which might seem silly now...but it was frightening then. :)

When we got up later (after the sun had come up) I saw the tiniest little paw prints on the the blue mat. THAT was actually cool. Cos it wasn't dark. :)

We woke up to total fog. Couldn't see beyond our campsite...no lakes...no mountains..no other people. Spooky. And not the weather we were hoping foe. It had been so gorgeous the day before. Absolutely perfect weather.

We decided to go into town to have breakfast and wait for the fog to clear. Breakfast was yummy at the Wake n Bakery in Glacier...best breakfast I have ever had.

We bought some supplies (firewood, water, toilet paper, etc) and headed back to the campsite. The fog never cleared. We decided to go ahead and hike Winchester Mtn.

It was a pretty easy trail with lots of switch backs and a steady climb. As we climbed higher the path faded into a boot path across the rock on a steep slope. Had to be careful when crossing at that point.

We rounded the corner and the path was back to a wide, dirt trail with a view of Tomyhoi Peak in front of us. (to be continued)
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Quite foggy



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