Mt. Washington

July 5-6, 1974

Camped at Big Lake head of Skyline Trail. Set a direct bushwack route to the north Summit Ridge. (tied tape amp; planted wands) Everyone climbed very well and sensibly; a good bunch of guys. The rappel off the pinnacle went slowly but easily with one incident: a following group of climbers knocked loose a rock which hit Mr Meares on the hip. After examinations his injury was found to be a large bruise and he continued the descent without further problem. Weather was partly cloudy, but warm. Visibility was excellent—the entire range to Mt. Rainier and south to McLoughlin, no wind. Snow pack about six to eight feet in the woods. An eight ft. pack paralleled the ridge, but was useful for glissading on the descent. No ice axes nor crampons were used with the exception of the glissade. Approximately ten hours round trip. Eric & Daryl Banks, Jim McCallum, Glenn Meares, Mike Townsend and David Chase Ldr.


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