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Winter Scramble - Wahpenayo Peak

Wahpenayo Peak

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7:00 AM at Longmeyer Museum
Map: USGS Mt. Rainier West Dist, Gain: 8 mi rt, 3500’ Rating: Snow/Rock 3 Departure: Meet 7:00 am Longmeyer Museum 2760’, departure at 7:15 am Leader: Gary Zink, 253-631-4004, 206-353-3778 cell, garyzink@comcast.net Summit Time: 5 hrs under good conditions Purpose: 1. Enjoy a remote backcountry route 2. Avalanche awareness and Winter snow travel and navigation training. Expectations and Targets: 1. Summit Wahpenayo Peak around 12:00 -- 1:00 pm, located about 1 mile SE of Eagle Peak, above Longmeyer. 2. Expect possible adverse snow travel conditions, variable weather. 3. Park entry pass required at Nisqually Park entrance. 4. Expect avalanche conditions in area, Winter. 5. Return to Longmeyer museum by 4 - 5. 6. Slow to moderate pace. 7. We expect to come out of the woods at about 5000’ level. We’ll traverse the steep hillside for about 45 minutes, steadily climbing to 5200’. We turn left and go uphill to the saddle when bearing exceeds 162 deg true. 8. Destination contingent on favorable avalanche conditions. Requirements: 1. Good physical condition. 2. Bring 10 essentials (including headlamp), ice ax, shovel and winter travel gear including gaiters and snowshoes. Altimeter very useful but not required. Trip Options to Consider: Car camp on Saturday pm at Sunshine Point campground (located just inside the Nisqually park entrance); arrive any time.
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