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Crown Mountain - Crater Slabs
Timestamp Free: 2019.03.26 - 04:45:42
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Howe Sound Group
  (1 days)
Participants: Jordan Peters, Jesse Mason easy
Jordan Peters and I climbed crater couloir to the base of the SE face of Crown then ascended straight up the middle to the summit of crown, never exceeding 4th class.
With short daylight hours and a summer that wouldn't end I couldnt figure out what I wanted to do. Was it ice season or rock climbing season, my friend Don was off to the seracs as according to him it was ice season but I wasn't ready to give up on the rock just yet. I mailed my climbing partner Toby and asked him about a day trip he did a few years ago,solo, where he was raving about a route he called Crown Couloir. He was still raving about it when he mailed me back and suggested I bring rock shoes and take the route to the summit of Crown as opposed to his way which was to top out on the crater rim right at the hikers trail up. Jordan mailed me I told him my idea and that was it we made plans to meet at the grind at 8am.

I said lets meet early enough to beat the crowds but not too early, apparently people hike this thing nonstop and by 8 am I parked in one of the last stalls as an employee opened up the overflow parking lot. I was still mildly drunk from the night before and contemplated paying Jordans way up the tram so I could sleep another hour in my truck, but I felt too guilty so just pushed through this mental nightmare figuring I would just catch the tram down. So we hiked up the Flint and Feather trail then had breakfast in the lodge, now I was starting to feel better and when we finally made Dam mountain I was feeling much better as I knew it was all downhill from here.

We dropped down the Hanes valley and traversed over towards Crown very easily, passing a smally gulley then finally up a scree slope to another gulley that marked the start of our route. It's quite easy to figure out where you need to go. We started up this gulley and the walls started to close in and we began climbing up beautiful water worn slabs with a few tricky chockstones, and...

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