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Ascent of Helmet Butte on 2019-07-06

Climber: Luke Helgeson

Date:Saturday, July 6, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Helmet Butte
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7400 ft / 2255 m

Ascent Trip Report

In combination with a scramble of Fortress Mountain. Beautiful campsite in the trees at 5900ft below Pass No-Pass. Ascended to Pass No-Pass then bushwacked up the steep slopes for a couple hundred feet staying just south of the ridge crest. Followed meadow terrain using marmot trails as a system of ledges to switchback up the slopes; tons of marmots up there. Scrambled up north face of summit block using convenient rock ledges that ran the length of the summit; felt like stairs. Clouds to the west; theoretically Glacier would be there. Great views down to Buck Creek Pass and a tent on Flower Dome. From the summit it looked like a rocky class 3 gully extends from Buck Creek Pass right to below the summit. Descended the same way but found a slightly less bushwacky route for the final hundred feet.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Part of Trip: Fortress and Helmet (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Helmet Butte2019-07-06 
2Fortress Mountain2019-07-07 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Luke Helgeson
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