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Alpine Scramble - EXPLORATORY

EXPLORATORY

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2:00 PM at Killen Creek Trailhead

Mt Adams (North Cleaver/Ridge) 12,278' (S5-T4) (USGS Green Mountain, Mount Adams West), 17 mi, 7700' gain (3 days).

This scramble route up the second-highest peak in the state is done frequently, it's just not described in the Seattle Mountaineers scramble literature. It's a more interesting and more challenging route than the standard South Side Slog.

On Friday we'll drive to the 4680' Killen Creek Trailhead and hike 4.5 miles into a base camp at roughly 7350'. Early on Saturday we'll begin climbing the rocky rib of the North Cleaver, top out 5000 vertical feet higher and then retrace the route back to our base camp. Sunday will be a relaxing(?) hike out and drive back home.

Required personal gear: helmet, ice axe, crampons and emergency descent kit (diaper sling harness, locking carabiner and Klemheist loop); also, this is a high-use alpine environment so "blue bags" for carrying out solid human waste and TP are required as well. The summit team will also carry a sleeping bag, stove and pot, wands and a picket in addition to the standard emergency rope.

Keep in mind that the summit of Mt Adams, although 2000' lower than Rainier, is still over 12000' high - 3000' higher than Mt Stuart - and can be subject to extreme conditions, even in summer. We won't launch in bad weather but as they say, conditions can change rapidly in the mountains... Come prepared to survive temperatures in the 20's with snow, wind and poor visibility.

A NW Forest Pass is required for each vehicle and each participant also needs to pony up $15 at the trailhead for a Cascades Volcano Pass. I'll supply maps.

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References:
Cascade Alpine Guide - Columbia River to Stevens Pass (Fred Beckey)
http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/recreation/mount-adams/

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