Ascent to Ozette Island High Point-Shore of Ozette Island on 2009-08-08

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:Don Nelsen
Date:Saturday, August 8, 2009
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Boat
Point Reached:Ozette Island High Point - Shore of Ozette Island
    Elevation:10 ft / 3 m
    Remaining Elevation:213 ft / 64 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

We carried an inflatable raft, decent sized, could hold maybe 2 large and 1 small person, all the way from the TH about 3 miles. We only had 1 pair of plastic oars, which contributed to the difficulty. We set out at low tide, and this was perfect as the rocks and seaweed held back the waves, but not the swells which carried us up and down a bit.

We began to observe people on the beach, and thought they might have been locals concerned with our presence out there, but turned out to just be tourists. We made it to shore and brought the raft up, but given the people and the incoming tide we hopped back in and rowed back. We tried each paddling, but quickly found it easier to take turns rowing instead. If I were to go back again, I would bring an extra set of oars, or perhaps a 2 person kayak.

We had tiny thoughts of going for the Bodelteh Islands, but it was rougher out there, and not safe for a tiny raft. I think a good sea kayak could make that in calm weather, and the proper tides. I think high tide would have allowed the waves to come in closer to shore and the islands. Low tide was perfect. We have no beta on how a hike to Ozette Island HP would have gone, seemed like dense firs but we didn't look around much. It is about a half mile from shoreline beach on the mainland to Ozette Island nearest point of shoreline.

In 2018 I looked carefully at James Barlow's GPS track of his walk/swim attempt of this via aerial photo, and he would have encountered deeper water in a few yards and probably would have had to stop. I believe that the water was fairly cold when we did it, no more than 60d and probably in the 50's. Would be tough to do.... Hats off to them for trying.

Summary Total Data
Ascent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:20 Minutes

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