Colchuck Peak

Cascades, Washington

May 23, 2009

Dave and Jill


Jill wanted to climb a route with a red line, so here it is.  This was taken a couple days later from Cashmere Mt and shows frozen Colchuck Lake and most of the route to the summit of Colchuck Peak.

Jill and I had been living in Leavenworth for over a month in a guest cottage on Icicle Road.  Most of our time was spent trail running and rock climbing, but once I realized that I was just as slow on the trail and weak on the rock we decided to do a slog in the hills.  It was truly a dream come true to have a trailhead to a place like this only 15 minutes from our house.  Hopefully next year we'll back... on skis.

Jill makes her way up the most memorable portion of the route - on the glacier and beneath the huge, slabby north side of Dragontail Pk.


On the summit with Mt Stuart looming in the background.


Spring came early to the Pacific NW.  Clear evidence of this fact is shown here - Jill on top of a mountain in short sleeves.


Taking the easy way back down the glacier.


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Matt had just returned from South America and wanted to get out.  Unfortunately the snow was mush, so we ended up just going for a snowshoe to a nice camp on Mt Shuksan.


Matt saddles his pack ready to resume the mush, and destruction of the skin track.


Stomping out a platform above Baker Lake.  We had plans for a summit bid, but the clouds came in which gave us a good excuse to sleep in instead.

- July 2009

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