Ascent of Da-ek Dow Go-et Mountain on 2016-09-28

Climber: Bob McLaughlin

Others in Party:Daryn Dodge
Andrew Kirmse -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Jerry Kohn
Laura Newman
David Sanger -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Marcus Sierra -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Da-ek Dow Go-et Mountain
    Elevation:9065 ft / 2763 m

Ascent Trip Report

Andrew wrote a comprehensive TR that accurately captures this adventure. I'll add just a few personal notes.

I'd taken a couple of lessons at the local climbing gym, but this was my first time climbing outdoors with a rope. Naturally, I faced this new challenge with considerable trepidation. Fortunately, however, Daryn and David offered excellent leadership, encouragement and instruction, pulling off the remarkable feat of getting all seven of us up and down JD without any serious mishaps. (That's not to say that I didn't get a little banged up!) Moreover, the entire group was very supportive and helpful, making for a highly enjoyable and memorable experience.

To me, the two tunnels and the squeeze chimney were the hardest parts, along with all the time I spent waiting anxiously for my turn, particularly when it started raining late in the afternoon just when it was time to rappel. We had a lot of folks in very small spaces, climbing up or down one at a time, often on belay, frequently with risk of rock fall.

The leaders were patient and methodical, encouraging each of us to take our time, as they did in skillfully setting up the two belays and the rappel. Throwing the rope (48 meters) after each climber reached the top of the wall proved difficult, as it often got hung up or blown out of position. Much more challenging and time consuming than climbing indoors with fixed ropes!

One final note regarding gear -- five of us, including myself, wore climbing shoes and I was glad I did since my clunky size 14 boots simply would not have fit in some of the small holds. (Surprisingly, my rock shoes, which have always been pretty uncomfortable, felt better as the day went on and they had time to stretch out.) But the other two climbers wore light hiking boots or trail runners and had no problem with the climbing, so footwear really is a matter of personal choice.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Raining, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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