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Ascent to Hibox Mountain-Roughly 10' from summit on 2009-08-13

Climber: Davin Jaggard

Date:Thursday, August 13, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Hibox Mountain - Roughly 10' from summit
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:6530 ft / 1990 m
    Remaining Elevation:17 ft / 5 m (0% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

When I started, it was raining but many times it stops quickly or is not raining on the trail.
I arrived at the Rachel Lake trail head at 0700. I was cloudy, low clouds at the peaks, and a little mist. I hit the trail by 7:30. The trail under tree cover was dry but the brushy areas soaked my pants.
I thought the trail branch to Hibox was just past the second big clearing, it is the third clearing. At the second clearing, I started into the brush and headed for the waterfall. I then climbed the left (west) side up into the trees. (I returned via the actual trail and marked it with flagging)
I was able to find the climbers trail after 4 min. in the trees. I was just going up and happen to spot it. I followed this to the base of the peak. This is a steep trail and a very good workout. When you reach the grassy meadow, you must keep an eye out for the cairns. The grass falls over the trail and makes it hard to spot. When in doubt, go up.
The clouds covered everything and made it difficult to see. At the base, the trail splits and if you are not watching, you will go the wrong way. I did. I followed it to the left and going up a "V" notch between 2 peaks. If you are a great climber, this might work. All class 5 climbs here. I tried a few routes but got scared and called it quits.
As I got back to the base of the summit, the clouds cleared a little and I saw what looked like a trail around to the right side. I followed this and it is the trail to take. It goes around the right side and takes you completely around the peak to the North side. If you follow this, keep going until you reach the ridge line. The route is straight up the wall here. (At least I think it is, I climbed it here). I think it is a class 4. The climb is fairly easy but check all hand holds. Much of the rock pulls out. It is steep and you need to climb up about 80'.
I made it up to the lip at the top but the light mist and drizzle made it a little slick. I was alone and I just could not find a route that looked good. I was afraid that I would fall if I made the attempt so I went back down. 30' from the bottom it was a lot more wet and I had to sit there 15 min until I felt I just need to go for it. I made it down but was angry I made it so close but not to the top.
The trail down was easy to follow and I followed it back to the Rachel Lake trail.
The summit was windy and cold. I had a light rain jacket and thin gloves. My hands were cold and my feet wet and cold. I didn't take me gators and all the grass kept me pants and shoes soaked.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds



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