Alas, our usual early start didn't get us to the top first. A group of seven with the Santiam Alpine Club had left the trailhead around 3 am. We got to "The Crawl" just as their leader was stringing their fixed-line. We asked for, and received, permission to use their rope. That gave us several hours to relax at the base of the chimney. Dalen continued the old tradition of hauling a watermelon along on a climb. (Ha! Bet he didn't know he wasn't the first to do so.) It was a cute, little one, only about 8" across. There was plenty for the four of us, and some left over for the SACers. After we all had our 60 seconds on the true summit, we beat a hasty retreat‒there was quite a crowd behind us: 11 (or 12) scouts, a group of two, and six Mazamas. The day was warm but tolerable. Views were impaired by smoke from the recent, lightning caused fires. No one besides me had opted for the "Jack/Washington" double, so I was alone in my dip in Suttle Lake, and dinner at Papandreas.Members: Wayne Deeter, Brian Hamilton, Dalen Willhite, Rick Harris.
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