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Ascent of Duke of Kent on 2008-07-09

Climber: Fred Beavon

Date:Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Duke of Kent
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:4840 ft / 1475 m

Ascent Trip Report

With limited time available, I went up the nearby "Duke of Kent", USGS Bandera quad, 4840'+, 440P. It turned out to be more challenging than I expected.

Some trip report links are located at:

http://www.yellowleaf.org/scramble/g/l/Duke-of-Kent.html

I doubted I could get up the quickest route to the summit, a steep gully, without both an ice axe and crampons. The snow left in the gully appeared rock hard, so I went south of the summit, up and over the ridge, then back north on the east side of the peak until the terrain became just short of a cliff to enable a scramble up it. No register. I was rushing all day to beat the rush hour traffic home. Now I'm paying for it with sore legs, but that's OK.

It was nice to find such a fun challenge that was close to home.
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