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Some of you read my last TR where we ran out of time and had to turn back from this peak. This time my eleven year old and I sent it.
Weather was horrible Friday in E. WA; flash floods, hail, raining buckets, fire from heaven, basically most of the plagues Moses called down on Egypt (my firstborn survived thankfully). Saturday was supposed to be the nice weather window so we hiked up Friday after work, camped and climbed on Saturday.
What you really want is pictures though so here ya go:
Where is the peak we are supposed to climb?
Ethan finding us a path across the snowfields while I kept watch for rockfall which seemed abundant that day. We were getting to a point that, if we didn't see our peak soon we would have to stop until it cleared up just to know how to reach it. Luckily a breeze briefly exposed the peak and we got our bearings and soldiered on.
Ethan, leading us into the fog.
Taking a break just below the summit scramble (class 3).
A view of clouds and Chair Peak. We ate lunch on the peak and waited for the clouds to clear. Just us and a camp robber bird who shared a cliff bar with us.
The minute we got to the bottom of the summit scramble the clouds broke up. Melakwa Lake in the distance (lower right).
With the promise of pizza, we decended back to the trail and jogged most of the way to the trail head. Sahara Pizza in Cle Elum finalized a great trip.