Ascent of Broken Top on 2015-09-20

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Amber Smith
Gregory Phillips
Brenda Smith
Glenn Campbell
Greg Sloop
Date:Sunday, September 20, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Broken Top
    Elevation:9175 ft / 2796 m

Ascent Trip Report

After 5 years of arduous climbing, days of suffering, and long hours of hiking, I finally accomplished my goal of becoming the youngest completer of the 20 Primary Cascade Volcanoes at the age of 17 years, 298 days.

We started from the Green Lakes Trail Head Saturday afternoon and hiked into Green Lakes. There we found a few campsites from the 20 some designated camp sites. We got up at 4am the next morning and started hiking. The views of the Sisters and many other of the Cascade Volcanoes were incredible. It was incredibly euphoric to be climbing this last peak on my list while looking at all the other peaks around - all of which I had climbed. We hiked up to the ridge and after about 2 or 3 hours of hiking, we arrived at the steep 4th/5th class scramble. Being an experienced rock climber, I found the scrambling fairly tame, but others may find it a bit more difficult. Given we had such a large group, we opted to belay everyone up anyway. Once above the scrambling section, we traversed a short ways over to the summit. We all gathered around and my dad and I did a simultaneous summit touch and completing the list together. The past five years have been filled with amazing experiences which have helped shaped who I am as a person today, and are ones I will never forget! Now...onto the next goal!
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Completing my goal to become the youngest person to summit the major 20 Cascade Volcanoes! Age 17 years and 298 days! On the summit with my family (2015-09-20). Photo by Austin D. Smith.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12 mi / 19.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Green Lakes TRHD  5400 ft / 1645 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3775 ft / 1150 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Northwest Ridge
    End Trailhead:Green Lakes TRHD  5400 ft / 1645 m

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