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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:21 pm 
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After seeing the merest hint of potential clearing for Saturday in the forecast, I'd like to climb Red (Painted) Mountain.

This seldom climbed, 6900' peak is located adjacent to the Glacier Peak Wilderness and, if the clouds actually spend a bit of time breaking up, we might actually see the volcano. The route involves ~5000' of elevation gain over the ~8 mile RT, with much of the travel being off trail on a forested rib (based on the only TR I could find, I don't anticipate significant brush). Weather, time, and snow conditions permitting, I would be interested in running the ridge beyond the summit of Red Mountain, out towards Black Mountain, but think that we will probably not also climb Black.

The route up Red involves a bit of scrambling/tree pulling around 3000', which I expect to be snow free, but potentially a bit slippery and not for the faint of heart. The TR rates it as 70' of class 3, but I think the grade is inflated and am not expecting much worse than class 2 scrambling. (of course snow/mud stiffens ratings a bit)

I am capping this trip at 8 people (providing enough spots in cars are available) and will be fairly choosy about who comes along. I'd like to move quickly and as a single group for much of the day. Because the slopes on Red on relatively forested to >6000', I think that snowshoes are a better choice than skis for the outing.

Required gear: snowshoes, ice axe, crampons, wet weather gear, and a penchant for moving quickly.
Departure: 6:00am from Seattle - departure point TBD

If interested, respond below or shoot me a PM.

I can take three other people in my car.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:32 pm 
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Ah, I'm definitely interested. I'll get back to you once I know how lab stuff works out, but I'd really like to get out there and go fast and danger (if that's at all possible on snowshoes).

Lucas


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:45 pm 
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I am a tentative yes. I'll know by tomorrow.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:23 pm 
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I'm in.

As always I can drive if need be, but prefer to be a passenger.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:44 pm 
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I'm in if I can get all the gear tomorrow from the IMA. Looking forward to/slightly terrified of experiencing Polayge pace.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:08 am 
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I'm in if I am able to acquire crampons.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:47 am 
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Brian, in summer of 06 we were able to follow a climbers path once past the lookout site to about 5600ft. Don't remember any real class 3 either. It's a fun mtn with great views! Wish I could get out there with you guys.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 8:22 am 
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Thanks for the beta, Justus. Wish you were able to join us.

Awesome job on Big 4 this December!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:40 am 
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looks like my sister is coming in town.
I withdraw.

Have fun, all!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:10 am 
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Jim and I have decided that our plans were... silly. I think I'll tag along for this one.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:41 am 
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I'm a little curious about what you were thinking about that's sillier than what I'm proposing. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:51 pm 
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already sent brian a pm but i'd like to go...
off to get gear...
christie


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:37 pm 
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Gear acquired. I'm in ...I can drive if necessary, though my faith in the Impreza has greatly decreased after Brian's accident. Nevertheless, I'm willing to do it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:00 pm 
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All - we have sufficient cars and drivers to pull this off. Let's hope the weather cooperates.

Car 1: Brian
Lucas
Obadiah
Dylan

Car 2: Aric (Christal)
Ava
Kurt
Christie

I'm going to suggest that we meet at the 65th P&R at 0600 tomorrow morning. I'll pick all those in my car up on the way there. Ava, Kurt, and Christie do you have a good way to get there?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:09 pm 
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I wasn't able to get to the IMA in time to rent crampons.
Brian, is this going to be a deal breaker?
Does anyone have some extras I could borrow?


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