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Ascent of Guye Peak on 2017-07-23

Climber: Connor McEntee

Date:Sunday, July 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Guye Peak
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5168 ft / 1575 m

Ascent Trip Report

It’s a fun scramble/rock climb that’s very accessible. I will corroborate that proximity to I90 does interfere with verbal communication on pitches. It’s good to work out alternate means of communicating critical information like “off belay”.

We took what Beckey calls the northwest ramp. It’s the very prominent treed ramp cutting across the west face. I very much wanted to get some technical climbing in, so we took Klenke’s 5.7 variation up to the bush (it’s actually a stunted tree). I led the pitch, but probably didn’t make it look pretty and created a lot of rope drag. I wasn’t terribly happy with how much pro it was taking so traversed around the overhang hoping I could pop right back over once I was above it. It turns out that there is one or more 5.7 moves to the left of it that I needed to protect. Once above it gets better, and the climbing is easier to the right of the tree. Our 50m rope wasn’t long enough to make it up to the belay station in the trees on the ramp, so I had to belay off the bush/tree. The route also ate my #5 stopper.

To get up to the ridge, there is one more pitch of roped climbing. Not sure that we found the right 5.4, but what we did wasn’t hard. In case someone follows my gps tracks, I suspect that it might be further to the north.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2347 ft / 714 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2347 ft / 715 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Gear Used:
Rope, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2085 ft / 635 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:Northwest Ramp w/ 5.7 Variation
    Start Trailhead:Ober Strasse  3083 ft / 939 m
    Time:4 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2347 ft / 715 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2085 ft / 636 m; Extra: 262 ft / 79m
    Gain on way out:262 ft / 79 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Cave Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Alpental Parking Lot  3083 ft / 939 m
    Time:1 Hours 26 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Connor McEntee
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