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The 2002 climbing season is here! To see other trips from previous years, check out Adventures 2000 and Adventures 2001. If you participate in any outdoor climbing adventures with Courtenay Schurman or Doug Schurman, it's likely that you will find yourself among the pictures. Share this site with your classmates!
Eldorado Peak Sept 28 - 29, 2002
The NE Face of Eldorado (8868�) is a lesser-done climb in the North Cascades that we chose to scout out as a new intermediate-level ice climb for the Seattle Mountaineers, so we didn't have a lot of beta to go on, other than another trip report from the previous year. It starts out as the Basic route up the East Ridge, but at the base of the East Ridge, you traverse around to the NE Face and climb from the base. We planned to travel fast and light, so we opted to limit the party size, as well, to 4. Kirk Alm, Brian Miller, Doug Schurman and I planned to climb up to high camp at 7500� the first day, and then go to the summit and out the second. Read more...
Observation Rock September 7, 2002
Observation Rock is a pile of marble- to brick--sized volcanic rubble on the north side of Mt. Rainier, which, on a clear day, must have some pretty spectacular views. Unfortunately, the day we did this climb, we were rewarded for our efforts with intermittent periods of rain, snow and fog, obscuring the views but allowing the climb. Four of us headed out from the cars about 7:30 a.m. after a 5 a.m. driving start from Seattle. Rich Karstens and Rich Draves were the other two climbers in our party of four. The climb starts with a 300� descent through woods, and then begins to climb until returning to about level with the parking lot elevation, meandering through more woods and crossing four streams until at the 2 mile marker the trail starts to switchback up through the trees toward Spray Park. We made what we felt was pretty good time, toting 35# packs at a 3-4 mph pace up to Spray Park. Still in the fog, we stopped to check the map and at the 6400� elevation, veered off on a less-distinct climber�s trail well marked by a large cairn (the �dot� on the map). Read more...
Dome Peak August 30 - September 1, 2002
Dome Peak is listed in the Seattle Mountaineers Basic Climbs guide as a �5�, for �strenuous.� However, if you add the obstacles we encountered including a newly formed avalanche gully, white-out conditions, route-finding issues, and rain that made rock slabs, talus and heather fields extremely slick, the climb can quickly become what we laughingly referred to as a �6� for �grueling� or �666� for �the devil made us do it.� Fortunately we were able to maintain a sense of humor, turning a potentially miserable weekend into a wonderfully challenging adventure that drew upon all our alpine skills. Read more...
Kangaroo Temple August 24, 2002
Six of us headed out from the cars at the hairpin turn near Washington Pass to make our way through the valley to climb Kangaroo Temple. It�s a climb I�d wanted to do since 1999 when friends first told us about the dramatic exposure and airy rappels, and I�d heard it described as one of the more challenging of the Mountaineers� �basic climbs.� David Simpson lead the climb, Doug was assistant leader, and I was the third rope leader; our scheduled Basic students were Susan Sayers, Adrian Schwausch and John Rollins, though at the last minute Jeff replaced John. There was only one other party ahead of us, and they were headed for an intermediate route.
The day started out clear and gorgeous, and we made it up to the notch in about two hours, where we took a short clothing break and checked out the valley on the other side. Getting to the base of the climb took another 75 minutes or so, and required skirting below and just right of several steep slabs. We picked our way up the scree slope after donning helmets, and then scrambled up to the first belay station. Doug led out with Jeff following him; Read more...
Mt. Rainier July 27-29, 2002
11 of us in the Mountaineers started up from Paradise for a leisurely 3-day climb of Mt. Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route on Saturday, July 27, 2002. Led by Doug Smart, the group consisted of 4 rope leaders (Doug, Doug Schurman, Courtenay Schurman and Ken Hahn) and 7 Basic students (Jill Bodnar, Christa Michel, Jacqui Sullivan, Jaime Scates, Brad Henshaw, Greg Strunk and Steve Springer). We met at the parking lot at 2:30 and were headed up toward Pebble Creek by 3:30 p.m. It started out as an overcast afternoon, but by the time we reached Pebble Creek an hour later (along with scores of day climbers and tourists) we�d climbed above the cloud layer and could see Rainier in all her glory. Read more...
Mt Olympus July 19-22, 2002
One of our most memorable climbs this past summer � and over the past 10 years -- involves the beautiful, long approach along the Hoh River Valley to Blue Glacier and up the rocky pyramid to the summit of Olympus. We planned for a 4-day Mountaineers climb, and 11 of us successfully reached the summit on Sunday, July 21. Mike Strauss, Rick Anderson, Laura Nugent, Doug Schurman, and Courtenay Schurman lead 6 Basic grads and students (Anna Hundt, Jack Mclaughlin, Nancy Egaas, Deborah Greenleaf, Josh Piper, and Lori Jones) up the mountain and along the 22 mile approach and descent route. Read more...
Glacier Peak July 6-7, 2002
On July 6, 2002, 8 of us (Courtenay and Doug Schurman, Rick Anderson, Laura Nugent, Brad Gibson, Marguerite Hauberg, Richard Johnson, and Ed Dominguez) left the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. for a private climb of Glacier Peak via the Kennedy Ridge/Rabbit Ears route. It was a warm, clear day and the forecast was for good weather Saturday and Sunday, turning to late afternoon showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms Sunday afternoon. Based on that information, we�d suggested shortening our proposed 3-day climb into 2, and hot-foot it off the mountain and back out Sunday afternoon. Read more...
Forbidden Peak June 24-25, 2002
Forbidden is considered one of the Fifty Classics, and for excellent reason. The views of Glacier Peak, Eldorado, Baker, Shuksan, Buckner, Johannesburg, Sahale, Rainier and countless other mountains are among the most spectacular in the Cascades. The quality of the rock is solid, the approach highly varied and a good challenge for climbers who are still perfecting their alpine travel efficiency and gear management skills. Much of the climbing on the lower part of the ridge is class 4, but the tower itself (5.6) and dramatic exposure on both sides of the ridge make it enjoyable for climbers at any level. Read more...
Liberty Bell June 14, 2002
Liberty Bell via the Beckey Route is one of the most popular alpine routes in the Washington Pass area of the North Cascades. For that reason, four of us (Mike Strauss, Brian Miller, Doug Schurman and Courtenay Schurman) from the Seattle Mountaineers chose to do an Express climb during the week, and headed up Thursday evening to car camp, in order to put us in good position to be the first ones climbing Friday morning. As we left our cars at 5:55 a.m. Friday, there was nobody else in sight. We delighted in our luck, thinking of escaping the heat wave in Seattle the day before, and enjoying the pleasant temperature of the early morning hours on snow. Read more...
The Mountaineers is an outdoors activities organization started in Seattle in 1907. Climbing was its first focus and is still the core of the organization. Each year they offer a "Basic Climbing" course and have to limit it to 220 students. The course covers the fundamentals of mountaineering including rock and glacier climbing. It runs from January through September. The course has 7 lectures, 8 field trips and 3 required successful summits for graduation.
Mt. St. Helens: April 28, 2002
Court and I went up St. Helens with our dog Emily. About 800 feet from the top she got tired and didn't want to go any further. Here's a picture the "Doggie Glissade" taking the easy way down. Easy for the dog not for me!
The Tooth: Winter Climb Feb. 16, 2002
We've climbed the Tooth in all sorts of weather -- from rain to sun to snow. Most memorable was a winter ascent this February, in which we encountered a surprising amount of snow on the "usual" scramble sections, making a 2-3 pitch climb into 4. Jerry Chang kicked steps for us up to Pineapple Pass and Mike Strauss did a great job as "mentored leader." Timmy Williams offered his time to take us all out for Intermediate Rock credit. Remember, when doing winter climbs, always take your headlamps! We climbed into our cars 90 minutes after sundown! Click to see more! Click on picture for enlargement.
Hex Mountain: Snowshoe Feb. 2, 2002
Joanne and Eric Haberman joined Courtenay and Doug Schurman and superclimber Emily for a snowshoe trip up Hex Mountain. Hex is out near Cle Elum Lake, and though the surrounding basins see heavy snowmobile traffic, we only encountered one while we were in the back country -- Emily managed to successfully chase it away. While up there, we encountered a Seattle Mountaineers snowshoe group of 12 and a backcountry ski patroller who offered to shoot our summit photo. If you're looking for a low-avalanche risk outing in mid-winter, and would like to get away from the crowds, Hex is an enjoyable option with some great views. Click to see more! Click on picture for enlargement.