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2003 Climbs

The 2003 climbing season is here! To see other trips from previous years, check out Adventures 2000, Adventures 2001 and Adventures 2002. 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!

Mt. Stuart - West Ridge Aug 30-Sept 1, 2003

Mt. Stuart across from Ingalls Lake

Fully laden with as many trip reports and time estimates as we could find for the West Ridge of Stuart, four of us (Susan and Danny Geiger, Doug Schurman and myself) left Seattle at 7 a.m. Saturday (8/30) for a Labor Day/birthday adventure. The drive out to the Ingalls / Longs Pass trailhead (4,243�; this TH is in Washington�s Alpine Lakes Wilderness, out by the North Fork of the Teanaway River) took roughly 2.5 hours. Read more...


S. Early Winters Spire - S. Arete August 24, 2003

Brady works his way accross the 'Whaleback'

Our second rock climb of the weekend (my fourth up SEWS via the S.Arete) began when our three Basic students for the day pulled up next to our truck at the Blue Lake Trailhead at 5:30 a.m. Ken, Doug and I had climbed Liberty Bell the day before and car camped at the BLTH after eating dinner in Winthrop. Read more...


Liberty Bell - Beckey Route August 23, 2003

Jill at the chockstone on the second pitch

Liberty Bell / Beckey Route is a popular first intermediate rock climb among Seattle Mountaineers climbing students. On Saturday, Ken Hahn, Jill Bodnar, Doug Schurman and I left the Blue Lake Trailhead (BLTH) at 6 a.m. in front of Tom Nims� group of six heading for S. Early Winters Spire. We�d driven up the night before (3 hours from Seattle) and slept in the back of our Chevy S-10 in order to be in a good position to be first on the route. Read more...


Mt. Gardner & N. Gardner August 14-15, 2003

North Gardner from Point 8487

When our original 4-day climbing plans evaporated, Doug and I scrambled to find an alternative excursion and chose Gardner and North Gardner, two peaks in the North Cascades, as our destination. We called a bunch of climbing buddies, but with a day�s notice, it was next to impossible to find anyone who could leave mid-week, so with our dog sitter scheduled, we left from Seattle early Thursday morning, just the two of us. Read more...


Mt. Shuksan - Sulphide Glacier August 9-10, 2003

Sulphide Galacier up to the Pyramid

When we left Seattle�s Park and Ride at 6:15 on Saturday, 8/9/03, it was pouring. First rain in about two months, and nowhere was it forecasted for the weekend. We decided... Read more...


Goode Mountain - SW Couloir July 25-27, 2003

Goode from camp

On this 3-day climb, a grouse tried to engage me in a battle with her wings as she protected her young, and the bugs were relentless. Perhaps the best views we�ve ever had on any climb in the Pacific Northwest were the ones Doug, Rick, Laura and I had on a clear summer�s day at the top of Goode, a 9,200-foot peak on the eastern side of the North Cascades. It�s also one of the hardest to get to. Read more...


Rainier - Emmons Glacier July 19-20, 2003

Teams on the Emmons

By the time this year�s climbing date rolled around, Seattle was having a heat wave, with temperatures in the 90�s, and the freezing level at Mt. Rainier rose to 15,000 feet. Camp Hazard is notorious for its icefall; we decided to play it safe and changed our route at the last minute from the Kautz Glacier to the less hazardous Emmons Glacier. I had the �first time experience� of finding a mouse in my boot the morning we started for the summit. Read more...


Mt. Adams - Adams Glacier June 28-29, 2003

Court on the summit

Having seen a few recent trip reports that suggested that the Adams Glacier (Mt. Adams, 12,276�) was ready for climbing, four of us opted to do a last-minute trip up the ice route on the west side of the mountain. It poses a good early-season challenge for those wanting something more technical than the South Spur or North Ridge routes. Dodging rock fall and finding your way around crevasses and seracs pose the biggest challenges late season. Read more...


South Early Winter Spire June 22, 2003

Court on the summit

At 6 a.m. on June 22, with more flurries threatening, six of us (Doug Schurman, Courtenay Schurman, Ted Dodd, Monica Dodd, Jeremy Dodsworth and Kevin Dornfeld) opted to climb South Early Winter Spire (SEWS) with its southern exposure rather than take a chance on the perhaps wetter northern exposure of Kangaroo Temple (KT). Read more...


Cutthroat Peak June 21, 2003

A little snowy to be climbing?

Our intentions were honorable; weeks ago we�d set Memorial Day weekend aside to try the Leuthold Couloir route on Mt. Hood in Oregon. Our fourth scheduled attempt, but doomed never to happen because of high risk of avalanches. So mid-week we scrambled to find an alternative ice climb. After talking to several ice climbers and reading a number of reports on www.CascadeClimbers.com, we chose to go with two mountains in the Enchantments: Triple Couloirs on Dragontail (8840 ft.) and the North Buttress Couloir on Colchuck (8705 ft.) Read more...


Eldorado Peak June 14-15, 2003

Doug and Kevin going to the summit

Months earlier we�d chosen this mid-June weekend for our second attempt at Eldorado (8,868�), primarily for the full moon, and also with the hopes that snow would be plentiful to speed up the ascent. Having turned around 300� from the summit in September 2002 trying the NE Face ice route, we were hoping this time to traverse across the infamous knife-edged ridge captured in so many climbing photos. Read more...


Dragontail and Colchuck May 24-25, 2003

Mt. Adams at Sunrise from Cowlitz Glacier on Rainier

Our intentions were honorable; weeks ago we�d set Memorial Day weekend aside to try the Leuthold Couloir route on Mt. Hood in Oregon. Our fourth scheduled attempt, but doomed never to happen because of high risk of avalanches. So mid-week we scrambled to find an alternative ice climb. After talking to several ice climbers and reading a number of reports on www.CascadeClimbers.com, we chose to go with two mountains in the Enchantments: Triple Couloirs on Dragontail (8840 ft.) and the North Buttress Couloir on Colchuck (8705 ft.) Read more...


Mt. St. Helens May 10, 2003

Doug and Court on the way to the crater

Our annual trip to Mt. St. Helens happened to fall on the Saturday before Mother�s Day in 2003, May 10; though I have never climbed the mountain on Mother�s Day, rumor has it that there is a tradition of males and females, young and old, climbing in dresses. One skier jumped the gun and showed us his gaudy neon 70�s garb a day early. Read more...


Mt. Rainier March 01-02, 2003

Mt. Adams at Sunrise from Cowlitz Glacier on Rainier

Using a trip report from the Feb. 24-25, 2003, ascent of Mt. Rainier via the Gibraltar Ledges route (south side of the mountain from Paradise via Camp Muir), a group of 7 of us set out to try the route March 1-2, 2003. Saturday was picture perfect, calm and sunny, with spectacular views. There hadn�t been much snow through most of the mild winter, but there was enough that had accumulated over the past few weeks for us to use snowshoes. There were a few people heading up just in boots, though they were complaining about postholing in places. Read more...



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