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Tazz
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 9:43 am 
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What do you do when you want to avoid an 11 miles of boring trail?  Bushwhack Swamp Creek of course.    It is a lot more entertaining, challenging and shorter for saving the feet!

The Bushwhack is strait forward and 3.5 miles from the trailhead to the lakes. Head up the east side of the creek following a ridge.  Around 5000’ cross Swamp creek. Start the long steep traverse through forest and avalanche gullies till you reach the PCT below Methow Pass below or near Snowy lakes.

In the bottom of the valley swap creek is quite marshy.  By crossing at around 5000’ you avoid the wettest of the mashes.  Most of the bushwhack is in the forest and you can move fairly quickly.

As we worked our way through the bushwhack we ran into some strange Blair witch project happenings.  CDs hanging from fishing wire in the trees. huh.gif  A 10x10 area squared off by barbed wire with a man made nest area for a small animal, made of sticks. huh.gif  Tacked to a tree is a pad with nails sticking out and some strange substance in the middle of the circle of nails. huh.gif  paranoid.gif   Tack to the tree is a card with the name and address of the person who set up the experiments. Yana has e-mailed him she can fill you in. Not something one tends  run into when bushwhacking!  lol.gif

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After setting up camp we headed up to play on Golden horn. Fun scramble with a short class 5 section to the small summit block. The wind was creating a nasty cold ass wind-chill on the summit so we didn’t stay long.
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carla rapping off the summit block
carla rapping off the summit block
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We had quite the time back at camp with crab walk races, serkret telling, and manamana singing (that was stuck in our heads the next as we climbed Tower. Thanks Carla!   rolleyes.gif  lol.gif ).
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Tower at sunset
Tower at sunset
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The next morning it was 24 degrees out. Brrrrrr!!!   
24 degrees.  i bit frostyyy
24 degrees.  i bit frostyyy

Tower would warm us up and so did our new song we all sang.  Manamana! The climb up Tower is a lot of fun! Do do da do do… Mostly class 3 that is very exposed in most places.  Manamana!   There is a lot of loose rock on the route but we moved very efficiently as a group and had no issues with rock fall minus some small stuff. Do do da do do… [/u] The route is easy to follow if you take your time and route find. This will avoid the class 4 slabs in the gully proper. Manamana!  Stay to the right of the main gully proper and find many ledges to traverse. You will end up zig zagging a few times. Do do da do do…Good fun! We hung out on top for an hour and headed back to camp. Manamana! Time to play in the forest for a few hours.  Do do da do do….
Golden Horn
Golden Horn
Sunday morning lower Snowy Lake
Sunday morning lower Snowy Lake
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our bivies from the summit of Tower
our bivies from the summit of Tower
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Carla, Yana, and Franklin descending the peak of "DOOM"!!! ;-)
Carla, Yana, and Franklin descending the peak of "DOOM"!!! ;-)

We had no issues with our shwack on the way out.

What a great time with great friends having some kick ass fun!

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Hulksmash
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 9:53 am 
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Nice vid up.gif  up.gif

But i'm going to have that dam song stuck in my head all day now rolleyes.gif  lol.gif
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 9:56 am 
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I see that Josh is influencing your musical taste.

Looking forward to seeing some photos.  I missed out on the Snowy Lakes one year because of a really bad blister.

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ActionBetty
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 10:39 am 
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Sharing cheese and shadow dancing.. looks like a festi to me  winksmile.gif

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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 12:04 pm 
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Davidą wrote:
I missed out on the Snowy Lakes one year because of a really bad blister.

I thought is was snow and pending weather system.

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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 1:34 pm 
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Nah David...it was carla who influences people. she had us all singing it!  lol.gif
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 2:36 pm 
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up.gif Very nice Tazz, what a year for you, some awesome trips !

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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 2:58 pm 
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Nice trip, kind of wierd seeing that strange stuff off the trail.  Good info on the short cut
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 3:07 pm 
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Nice trip.  Glad the beta on the cc approach worked out for you!
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Randy
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 4:54 pm 
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Another memorable trip with Tazz and company. The only disappointment was losing at the crab walk race due to Dicey's sabotage!
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 4:57 pm 
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Ew ... you got crabs? eek.gif
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 6:33 pm 
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I can't add much in the way of view and summit shots, but here are some others:


The Approach to Camp

Flesh Eating Fungi
Flesh Eating Fungi
Brush on the Ascent
Brush on the Ascent
A Camp At Last
A Camp At Last

Golden Horn and Back at Camp

Franklin on the Way to Golden Horn
Franklin on the Way to Golden Horn
Yana and Tower
Yana and Tower
Summit Shiver Party
Summit Shiver Party
G-Horn Descent
G-Horn Descent
Freezing and it's Only 8 PM!
Freezing and it's Only 8 PM!

Tower

Lower Tower Approach
Lower Tower Approach
Dicey and CAVE
Dicey and CAVE
Moves Down Low
Moves Down Low
Moves in the Middle
Moves in the Middle
Moves up High
Moves up High
Franklin Descending
Franklin Descending
Dicey and Yana on Descent
Dicey and Yana on Descent

Exit

Back at the PCT
Back at the PCT
Crossing Swamp Creek
Crossing Swamp Creek
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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 9:14 pm 
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tazz wrote:
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That's a surly looking crew!  Looks like a good time.

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PostMon Sep 28, 2009 9:45 pm 
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Sweet trip and video.  I was wondering why Carla was singing that at VW today, pretty funny!

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PostTue Sep 29, 2009 8:58 am 
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Great TR to a couple of very cool peaks -

EXCEPT for the fact that I almost hurt myself laughing as I watched that "shadow dancing" video  -   AND  - the fact that now I can't get that dang song out of MY head !!  :-)
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