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Ascent of Monument Peak on 2008-08-29

Climber: Milda Tautvydas

Others in Party:David Salinger
Date:Friday, August 29, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monument Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:8592 ft / 2618 m

Ascent Trip Report

Shellrock Seven! Mount Carru, Lost Peak, Mount Lago, Dot Mountain, Ptarmigan Peak, Blackcap Mountain, Monument Peak and Lake Mountain from Shellrock Pass high camp. Day 1: on 08/24/2008, we drove from Seattle to Slate Peak and hiked via the Middle Fork Pasayten River Trail to Fred's and Doris Lakes, and down to the headwaters of Eureka Creek below Mt Carru (it was late; there was a bear in the basin; we set up camp). Day 2: on 08/25/2008, we climbed Mount Carru and moved camp to just below Shellrock Pass on the west side. There was ample water high in the basin north (NW) of point 7885. Day 3: on 08/26/2008, we climbed Lost Peak, RT from our Shellrock Pass high camp. We descended to the east on trail 484A to the junction with the Monument Creek Trail 484. Heading east, at ~6400' and before the trail lost too much elevation, we contoured, then made a rising traverse towards Lost Peak summit and ascended the peak. We returned to our Shellrock Pass high camp by the same route (approx). Day 4: on 08/27, from Shellrock Pass we climbed Mount Lago, Dot Mountain, and Ptarmigan Peak by staying on the north-trending ridge that runs from Shellrock Pass, over Dot, and up Ptarmigan Peak. The scrambling was fun, and not difficult. The ridge was mostly class 2 (Mount Lago, ~ some class 3). We descended Dot's North Ridge and ascended Ptarmigan Peak via the south face/ridge. For our return, we descended the SE slopes of Ptarmigan Peak (burned) down to Ptarmigan Creek, and we hiked the Monument Creek Trail back to our high camp at Shellrock Pass (sporty, lots of blow down after fire; relentless, actually). Day 5: on 08/28/2008, we climbed Blackcap from our Shellrock Pass high camp (a rest day); a very fun scramble. Day 6: on 08/29/2008, we climbed Lake Mountain and Monument Peak from our Shellrock Pass high camp by approaching as per Blackcap, then crossing through the notch in the ridge between Blackcap and Pt. 7885 and descending into the basin east of Blackcap. We descended into, and contoured around, the basin to below the steep slopes between Pt 7688 and Monument. We passed under walls of steep, broken rock until we found a broad, dirty gully with serious rockfall hazard that looked like the best way up. We groveled up 1,200 feet to gain the ridge east of Monument Peak. From the ridge we descended into the Lake-Monument basin. We first climbed Monument by descending, then contouring as high as possible, and crossed at the highest place reasonable to get from the east to the west side of Monument Peak's south ridge (steep walls on the east side of the ridge). Once we were on the west side of the south ridge, we ascended on tallus to the summit, staying on or near the crest of the south ridge. After summitting we reversed our route into the Lake-Monument basin, found much needed water, then we climbed Lake Mountain via its west slopes (hot!). We walked north on the Lake-Monument connecting ridge and returned to our camp at Shellrock Pass high camp per our approach route. It was a very hot day, with high mountain temps near, or over, 90F. Day 7: on 8/30/2008, we left our Shellrock Pass high camp to the west, and hiked out to our car at Slate Peak Lookout per our approach route. Party of two: Milda Tautvydas and David Salinger. Note: We created a "Shellrock Seven" circuit instead of a "Shellrock Eight" or "Shellrock Nine" because we climbed Osceola and Rolo (and Pasayten Peak) on 09/01 and 9/02 in 2001 as a party of three: Milda Tautvydas, David Salinger, and Nick Beer.
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