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Ascent of Observation Rock on 2013-08-04

Climber: Kevin DeFields

Others in Party:Sarah Holt
Curtis Stock
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Observation Rock
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8364 ft / 2549 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tacoma Mountaineers Intermediate Climbing Class, Ice 1 Field Trip. We had hoped for hard snow and/or ice on the ascent of the north face but there was nothing but soft snow all of the way up. Swung leads on the ascent protected with pickets and ice axe anchors which often could be driven all of the way in by hand. Scrambled to the summit from the top of the snow field and descended the scramble route to the east.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3414 ft / 1041 m
    Route:North Face
    Trailhead:Mowich Lake  4950 ft / 1508 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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