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Ascent of Mount Berge North on 2018-08-05

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Berge North
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7948 ft / 2422 m

Ascent Trip Report

2018/08/05 with David Salinger
TRIP 2018/08/05: Left Trinity at 10AM, hiked to High Pass via Buck Creek Pass, climbed Berge, camped at High Pass. Hot and buggy on trail. Much smoke from area fires. Beautiful trail and a pristine camp at High Pass. Very delicate flora and fauna all around high pass. We were very careful to stay on rocks and leave no trace. 2018/08/06 Left High Pass camp ~8AM and climbed Napeequa. Quick ascent up steep snow and generally solid rock to the summit. We spent over an hour on top, enjoying views. Despite much broken rock, it is ossible to climb Napeequa on good rock, avoiding most of the talus and scree. From summit, fantastic views of Dakobed Traverse and Glacier Peak, and beautiful alpine basins all around. I took a lot of photos on summit, and on return to camp. Back to camp ~12 noon, taking time to investigate basin around Triad Lake. At camp, it was so nice and bug free and cooler than anywhere else, that we considered staying another night just for the pleasure of it. It was too nice a camp to leave so soon. But wanting exercise, and more adventure of the unknown, we left camp after 1:30 and hiked to Cloudy Pass. From Buck Creek Pass to Cloudy Pass it was hot, humid and buggy the entire way. An intermittent breeze kept us energized. There were many water sources along the way. We camped at Cloudy Pass with fantastic views of Plummer, Sitting Bull, Gunsight, Agnes, the Lyman Lakes, and the peaks around Spider Gap. The mosquitoes were intense, as well as the no-see-ums. We had to eat dinner in our mesh tent!! 2018/08/07: From Cloudy Pass, bypassed Cloudy Peak on the S, SE and E flanks, climbed North Star Mtn, which is composed of poorly stacked, teetering, very sharp rocks of all sizes, which can be scrambled safely with attention and picking a good line through the "house of cards". Views from North Star are fabulous: Cascade Central. Bonanza is a spitting distance away, and Bonanza's East and South Ridges, as well as Pt. 9320, make put North Star Mountain in a very dramatic setting. After a long summit stay and study of the surrounding landscape, we returned to camp at Cloudy Pass. The day was scorching hot. The insects were ravenous and relentless. The area was bustling with hikers from every direction, with a variety of agendas and goals for the day. This is a very popular area. PCTers were being rerouted through Holden, over 10 mile pass and down Devore Creek to Stehekin because the S Fork of Agnes Creek trail was closed due to the (tiny) Bannock Lakes fire. There was no solitude here. We hiked to Spider Gap and planned to hike out to the car at Trinity, but our ford across upper Lyman Lake outlet stream was so refreshing, we lingered there and bathed. When we attained Spider Gap, it was so nice, being at 7100', and the day was so hot, and the bugs were so terrible at lower elevations, and we found the perfect bivy spot facing NW with amazing views and a breeze that kept the bugs at bay (first time since High Pass...), we were compelled to stay an extra night and share our meager rations. We camped on NW side of Spider Gap in a bivy spot big enough for a small 2-person tent, with views of Lyman Lakes, Dome/Sinister, Sitting Bull and Plummer. Fabulous. The smoke cleared during the night, and we enjoyed searching the night sky for meteors, of which we say many (the beginning of the passing of the Perseid Meteor Shower). Next day, on 2018/08/08: In the morning we packed up and hiked out to Trinity. There were many campers on the grassy knolls and benches to the south of Spider Gap, and there were many campers in Spider Meadows. The day was very hot. Below the Phelps Creek/Spider Meadow's TH, we cut the road switchbacks and dropped down to Trinity "parkour" and "directissima". We were at our car in quick time. The day was excessively hot (over 100 degrees at Lake Wenatchee...our car thermometer read 109 in the shade!), so we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening swimming in Lake Wenatchee to cool off. Hundreds of people were on the beach and in the water, cheek to jowl, including dogs, squealing children, and every kind of flotation device imaginable. The beach scene was total mayhem, free-spirited, summer fun with no life guards and little regulation. Everyone look happy. On the way out, we stopped at the 59er diner for a chicken Cesar salad, despite choosing vegetarianism 95% of the time, and we took our time getting to Monroe so as to miss the traffic jam back to the big city. All in all, people were everywhere, from the mountain trails, to lake shores, river banks, and the busy highways and roads. People are everywhere, going every which way. There was not a single sign of bear scat the entire trip. There are so many people in the backcountry these days, a bear doesn't have time to poop in a trail anymore! As many people as those pesky insects?!?... Well, I was among them. As the saying goes, when you are caught in traffic, remember that YOU ARE the traffic....ha ha ha.
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