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Good Queen Bess goes free
Timestamp Free: 2020.05.29 - 01:12:07
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges
  (3 days)     Elevation Gain: 400m
Participants: Jay Burbee, Peter Hudson, Cam Shute, Brock Wilson
Difficulty: 5: 10a
Trip report previously posted on by Brock Wilson

reposted here by Cam Shute

This trip started for me with an email from Cam on another uneventful, rainy, cabin fever filled weekend evening. Attached to the email was a beautiful photo of the SE Buttress of Mt. Queen Bess and Mike Down's 1981 CAJ account of his first ascent of the route with Don Serl. My girlfriend Chris was wonderfully understanding of me canceling some holiday plans at the last minute, so I was in! I wasn't aware of it at the time, but a second and potentially free ascent of the route has been secretly coveted by a few Coast Range climbers. Cam, Jay and Pete were happy to have me along if only because I would reduce their flight costs. So more than 5 years of thinking about it for Cam and less than one week thinking about it for me, with Jay and Pete somewhere in between had us getting ready for this long trip that would take place over a slightly longer than long weekend.

The plan was to start driving after work on Friday, arrive at Whitesaddle Air early on Saturday morning and the base of Mt. Queen Bess shortly afterward. Each of us had to be back at work on Wednesday morning so we'd have a couple days to make the most of life. Thankfully almost everything fell into place and we had a great trip.

After a day where it seemed more likely that I'd still be working at 9p.m. rather than leaving at 5p.m., I wished my coworkers a happy "So long suckers!" and was on the road, pretty much on schedule. Work tension ebbed and excitement for the upcoming climb waned. One of the only notable events on the drive up was passing a bitchin dune buggy with "Git Er Dun" written on the side. The slogan was adopted for the trip and was used when even the smallest obstacle was overcome....

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