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Ascent of Oval Peak on 2007-06-26

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Date:Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Oval Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8795 ft / 2680 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed Oval Peak's North Ridge (per Fred Beckey's description) as a day trip. We woke up early at my sister's home in Winthrop, WA and as we left her property, we witnessed a poacher shoot a buck from his vehicle (in front of us) on Bear Creek Road, as the buck was grazing on private property. We drove to the Oval Creek Trail Head and hiked upstream on trail to Duffy Creek (the creek that drains Duffy Lake). Here we left Oval Creek trail and bushwhacked up the stream to Duffy Lake, then gained the North Ridge of Oval Peak and ascended this fabulous ridge of granitic rock blocks to the summit. We were able to stay on the ridge all the way to the summit. On return, we descended the SW tallus slopes of Oval Peak down to the Oval Creek Trail (hedged more west than south so as to gain the trail as far down valley as possible) and hiked back to our car at the Oval Creek TH; then drove back to my sister's home in Winthrop. With David Salinger.
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