Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Mystery/East Col


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Mystery/East Col

Mt Mystery is our primary destination. Fricaba and Hal Foss if time. Please read leader's notes.

  • Sat, Jul 1, 2023 — Mon, Jul 3, 2023
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 21.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,000 ft


You're welcome to request leader's permission now, but I won't be responding till a a few days before sign up opens.  Thanks for your patience.

This trip is only suited to those comfortable with exposed and chossy 4th class  scrambling which there may be a lot of.

You don't need to be fast, but do need to be steady and not need a lot of stops.

Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1 -  Upper Dungeness TH to beautiful Upper Royal Basin & make camp for both nights.

Day 2 - Attempt Mystery.  If time allows, Hal Foss and Fricaba too.

Day 3 -  Hike out.

***Cost is $16 per person for 2 nights.  Permit already acquired.

Bear canister required. 

This climb is subject to decent weather.  

My first priority is Mt Mystery and it is not an easy peak to summit.   Please do your research for all mentioned peaks before requesting permission to sign up.   Here are a couple good reports to start you off.


Deception, Mystery, Fricaba & Hal Foss

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Custom Correct Gray Wolf - Dosewallips

    USGS Mt Deception
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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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