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Ascent of Rabbit Ears on 2009-08-22

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Saturday, August 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Rabbit Ears
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Castle Rock, I got back in my truck and drove to the Rabbit Ears trailhead which is a few miles south of Fish Mountain and Castle Rock. At the Rabbit Ears trailhead there was another car and a small tent set up. I took the trail towards Rabbit Ears and soon I was alongside the steep vertical cliffs that make up the west ear. I knew I wanted to climb up the saddle between the two ears. As I passed the west ear, I noticed a climber on the vertical face who seemed to be bolting a route up the face. I continued on because my route would not interfere with what he was doing. The route I wanted is only rated Class 5.4.

The route up to the saddle between the two Rabbit Ears is all rock and is a fun Class 3 scramble with some route finding. I am not much of a rock climber, so I was taking my time and looking for the easiest route with lots of hand holds. When I got up to the ridge separating the ears, I saw that I should have tried to get to the ridge closer to the west ear. I down climbed a little and traversed along the ridge until I was on the west ear itself. There are several possible routes up to the summit of Rabbit Ears, so I took my time finding what I felt was the easiest route for me. At one point right on the ridgeline, I had to back down a ways because my route became more of a friction scoot right above a big drop off to the north.

I kept looking around trying to read the signs where others had climbed. I was feeling good and kept going. I had a rope with me, so I could always set an anchor and rappel if I got stuck. Near the summit I passed a sling that someone else had set for an anchor site. This made me feel good because I must be on the correct route. I kept scrambling and soon I was on the summit. I amazed myself. The views were great, but I knew that I had to get back off this rock somehow. I headed down and when I got to the anchor position that I passed on the way up, I placed a sling and rappelled down about 100ft. From there it was easy Class 3 scrambling down to the base of the rock.

Total hike was only .8 mile, and gained 550 ft. It took me 2.3 hours because I am not a rock climber and never will be. That concluded a nice day in the mountains and I felt good about what I had been able to do.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:550 ft / 167 m
    Elevation Loss:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Route:Standard
    Trailhead:5450 ft / 1661 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.7 km
    Trailhead:5450 ft / 1661 m



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