Chimney Rock Just Before Sunset

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This was an interesting climb. Perhaps 2 or 3 teams make it to this summit each year, although it is a very desirable peak and close to Seattle. It is a technical climb and we ended up short on time. After bagging the summit and dropping a few hundred feet to join our other team of 2 climbers. When we regrouped, I asked to pull out the headlamps so we could get off the face. They mentioned to me that the headlamps all were around the corner near the base of the climb! I was ready to get them myself, however the dynamics of that situation required me to hang out on a ledge waiting for the sunrise. I was the last one off the ledge and shaking badly from the cold of the night. It was great to move again in the morning and even greater to have the sun warmth.


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Joel Skok on October 27, 2010

Chimney Rock?...I'm pretty sure

Randy T (Randylikest… on October 27, 2010

Joel Skok,

Yes, again you are correct. We had 2 ropes of 2, however just myself and my partner made it to the summit. The day passes by so quickly, even the longer summer days, and so many climbs seem to be an hour short.


Randy T (Randylikest… on January 28, 2012

Bivouac Story; *

This was an interesting bivouac. We had 2 ropes of 2, and only our team made it to the top of Chimney Rock before sunset. The views were terrific and the sun was going down fast. There was a nice bivy located where my partner is standing, but we needed to get back to the other team. *

We used our ropes to rappel a couple hundred feet and joined our other team. Once we regrouped it was decided to stay put for the night. I was about to call for a mutiny because I planned on getting off the summit in either the day or night. However the team dynamics did not work out that way for me. All four of us spent the night on this fairly flat ledge tied in for safety. The ledge is to the right of the photo. It was a relatively warm August night; however it was hard to stay warm without any shelter. *


Joel Skok on January 28, 2012

Once again, torn between liking the photo more than your background information or the other way around......Wonderful problem to have. Thanks for making my life so complicated.

Jim Mills on February 22, 2012

Great photo and story Randy. Shame it was an enforced bivi, but at least you had a fine night and some great views! Best wishes - Jim

Randy T (Randylikest… on February 27, 2012

beamish boy,

  • Jim,It was not quite an "enforced bivi". Typically unaffiliated climbers will call for a mutiny without any hesitation. "See you at the car", "Fine, were going, see you later".... Some of the climbing clubs will make a call, or pull rank, however I never do club climbs for this reason and others too. I think clubs are great for some people, but certainly not for everyone.

  • On this trip, I did voice my opinion, however one of the guys that I really respect, had a valid point, and I agreed. Being more experienced, I was the last one down. I cleaned out the last of the pro while shaking non-stop. I was not hypothermic, but close. It was great to get moving again, and I warmed up quickly. I have no regrets and would do it again.


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Photo taken in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee, WA, USA

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    by Randy T (Randylikest…
    • Camera: SONY DSC-P92
    • Taken on 2005/08/06 19:09:56
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    • F/Stop: f/5.600
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