Broken Top

Saturday, August 22, 2009
Leader: Brian Hamilton

Out climb started at 5:00 a.m. at the Green Lakes trailhead. There was a cloudless sky and frost on the ground. We were able to turn off our headlamps by the time we hit the junction with the Moraine Lake trail. After reaching the lava flow on the opposite side of Fall Creek, we turned off the trail and headed cross country toward the saddle on Broken Top’s northwest ridge. We intercepted the climber’s trail a few hundred yards below the saddle, then turned south along the ridge. At the crux, the leader secured a rope to webbing already in place at the rappel station and then we followed the ramps to the summit, reaching the final pinnacle by 11:00. We saw two solo climbers descending on our way up the ridge, but had the summit to ourselves. The weather was sunny but mild, with a light breeze and we enjoyed views from Mt. Scott to the south to Mt. Adams in the north. After a quick rappel down to retrieve our backpacks, we decided to descend the ridge instead of the scree slope. We followed the climbers trail all the way to Green Lakes where we soaked our feet, swam, or simply rested before the final 4-mile trek. We were back at the trailhead by 4:30. Climbers were Brian Dickerson who ascended as far as the crux and Obsidians Marianne Camp, Bistra Hristova, Tim Swallen, Andrew Jensen (asst. leader), and Brian Hamilton (leader).

Members: Marianne Camp, Brian Hamilton, Andrew Jensen, Bistra Hristova, Tim Swallen. Nonmembers: Brian Dickerson.

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