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The Good, the Sweet, the Ashlu Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2017.12.13 - 14:43:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Ashlu-Elaho Divide
  (1 days)
Participants: Stewart Douglas; Greg Adams Easy to moderate. Class 3-low 5 depending on what route is chosen.
On a sunny december day, two hardy souls decided to try a quick assault on Ashlu Mountain. Going from Ashlu main to the peak in a day.
As november turned into december and there was still no sign of a healthy snowfall or base, I started to become desperate. What is a snowboard addict supposed to do when there is no rippin' to be had? Well, alot of time in front of the computer browsing the Bivouac.com database is one thing. The other, is spending time outside trying to be somewhat productive.

Two weeks earlier, Greg and I had been up to the head of Pykett creek in an attempt to scope out some possible skiing/snowboarding lines. In our research we came across a wicked trip report by Don Funk on a daytrip to Ashlu peak. Reading that Don did the peak in one day started to percolate somethin' in our heads. "If he could do it, why can't we?" I said to Greg. "Damn straight" came the reply.

But, there were some logistics that we had to work out. I had a Christmas party to get to on saturday night, and Greg had some prior commitments as well. The solution: leave friday night and camp at the base of Shortcut creek. Then get up early saturday and hike like the wind while still getting back in time for parties and mayhem.

I got the go ahead from the wife (a.k.a "the boss of me") and we were off. We arrived at shortcut creek at about 9:30pm and set up our [px]ashlu4.jpg[c]tents[/px]. The next morning, we woke up at 515 and had some breakfast. As usual, I moved like molasses, and we were not ready to hit the trailhead till 6:45.

In the trip report by Don Funk, he said that there was flagging all along the lower part of the trail. Well, it was dark and we didn't see all that much of it. But, we climbed up and as the skies lightened the flagging appeared. Actually, it seemed like the flagging was chasing/following us cause there was so much of it. As the sun rose we were left speechless by the rose...

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