Alpine Scramble - Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck

For those who have not yet done a T5 peak, this is a basic introduction with lots of practice on the firmest, grippiest possible rock along the way. If the air is not too full of wildfire smoke, you will also gain beautiful vistas of the Stuart Range.

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  • Strenuous 4, Technical 5
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,743 ft

We will meet in order to leave the Bean/Beverly TH at 8:00 am on Saturday Aug 25, 2018.  You should probably aim to reach the TH at 7:30-7:45 am, to give yourself time to boot up and for introductions to be performed.  TH requires a NW TrailPark Pass or equivalent for each vehicle.  

Leader will car camp the night before in the vicinity of the Beverly Creek campground: red Toyota Corolla with Seahawks/Sounders stickers on rear liftback.  Car camping Friday night recommended but up to you whether you get up at 3:30-4 am or drive over in daylight the night before for a pleasant car camp and a full night's sleep.

We will approach and summit Bean by the most rock-fun routes.  Volcanic Neck does involve exposure, that feeling of "air" in your near vicinity.  But we have never had a student or a scrambler, in my 20 plus years of leading/instructing this peak, fail to summit.  Know yourself, though, and give me a call/text if you're seriously concerned you might be the first.  Judging your own comfort zone and ability level is a crucial mountaineering skill.  Life skill.  

We do have a specific step-by-step way to teach this, and your spring and summer scrambling resume will tell me a lot.  So don't hesitate to sign up and then inquire if you have concerns.  

It's probably going to be hot. I will bring a filter/pump for water, and anyone who has similar should also bring.  Two liters of water-carrying capacity minimum, and more if you know you go through water quicker than most.


Bean Peak & Volcanic Neck

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots - optional.  Can probably get away with approach shoes, more comfortable hiking boots, or even runner/cross-trainers.  We are not expecting snow on this trip.  There should be some grip or purchase on whatever footwear you decide to go with.
  • Ice Axe - NOT necessary on this trip.
  • Down-climbing kit: locking 'biner, cord loop, harness or hasty harness formed from a runner.
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