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Basic Alpine Climb - Azurite Peak

FOR TRAINING ONLY – NOT AN ACTUAL TRIP A multiday climb to a remote peak on Washington's Bulger list near the headwaters of the Metthow River and just off the Pacific Crest Trail. The long approach is scenic, but demanding with all the makings for an adventurous weekend.

  • Fri, Jul 19, 2024 — Sun, Jul 21, 2024
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 8,400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

We'll meet in the main parking lot of Mazama General Store at 10 am and caravan to the trailhead. We will take a few minutes for introductions and a quick discussion of trip details. We need to leave for the trailhead by 10:30 am at the latest. Participants should be packed up and ready to hit the trail as soon as we arrive at the trailhead.

A successful summit of Azurite Peak requires challenging route-finding. Each member of the group is expected to participate in decision-making. Prior experience with off-trail navigation is necessary for all participants. 

The approach is long and follows an unmaintained trail for the first several miles. Route-finding could be necessary for the approach as well as the summit. Bushwhacking and difficult creek crossings could be possible.

Strong fitness is important for group safety. The group will stay together, adjust pace as needed to accommodate all, and discuss all major decisions as a team. Each participant will be expected to voice any concerns during the trip, help ensure everyone's safety, and contribute to an enjoyable team experience.

Group members will need to share tents and other group gear in order to limit weight so that the group can move efficiently.

If weather or other concerns (eg, inability to find the route safely, issues with self-care, etc.) cause concerns, the trip may turn around early or consider another nearby objective. 

The top goal of the trip is to return to the trailhead safely by 2 pm on Sunday. If travel goes more quickly than expected, the group may choose to return to the trailhead on Saturday before dark. 


Azurite Peak

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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