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Big Chiwaukum

  • Mon, Aug 17, 2015
  • Big Chiwaukum
  • Scrambling

Did a summer one day ascent of the peak. Followed the trails as suggested until we could see the peak to the east. A side trail branches off at about 5,300 into the lower basin. We then worked our way up in to the upper basin to the southwest of the peak, gaining the ridge to the west. Followed the ridgeline til we hit heather and then progressed directly up to the ridge line where we could look over and see the remnants of the glacier. Stayed, as suggested, below the actual ridgeline traversing over to the highest point and followed a set of cairns to the benches up to the high point. Mostly class three moves though some felt exposed. RT 16.3 miles, left car at 7:15am and reached summit at 1:40pm. Got back to car by 6:45pm - very long day and smoke from the fires got really bad as the day went on. Otherwise a really fun scramble if not long!

 

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