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An Ascent of Mount Hozomeen - Northeast Ridge Route
Timestamp Free: 2019.02.18 - 05:28:58
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades
Participants: Neil Baker and Justin Brown Long but enjoyable approach on good trail (Skyline 2 trail). Exposed and sometimes loose class 3-5 scrambling/climbing.
An epic overnight trip with a sleep on the summit of the north tower of Mount Hozomeen. Ascent by way of the Skyline 2 Trail from Whitworth Ranch and the northeast buttress/ridge route.
"So...would you like to go sleep on the summit of Mount Hozomeen?" Neil said. This question would probably seem ridiculous to most people from the civilized world. "Um...okay" I said. And that was pretty much all that was said before embarking on what would be one of the most unforgettable trips and personal accomplishments of my life thus far.
Originally, I had invited another friend of mine along that I had been doing alot of hiking with at the time. Him having not done much in the way of actual climbing urged Neil, who had climbed the NE buttress of Hozomeen before, to want to bring a light rope and some minor rock protection for the exposed areas. At the last minute my friend got cold feet and decided to bail leaving just Neil and I.
"Well, we wont be needing this" he said, as he tossed the rope and rock pro aside as we sorted through gear the night before. "Are you sure about that?" I said. "You'll be fine" he said. "Okay".
Growing up I was fortunate enough to have a serious mountaineer, Neil, for a babysitter and I've been doing trips with this man since some of my earliest memories in life. This meant that if anyone knew the expanse of my abilities as good or better than myself, it would be him.
It had been an amazing start to the autumn season with flawless weather lingering for several weeks leading up to the day we were to leave.
This day started out a little cooler than the previous days signifying the onset of the season. We had left my home in Coquitlam at around 4am and found ourselves at the Whitworth Ranch parking area at appr. 55km on the Silver Skagit Road by about 6:30am. The whole way in the car Neil was telling me of the beauty that awaited us along the long and rolling Skyline 2 and Hozomeen Ridge Trails and the aesthetics and...
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