This is one my Addictive Climbing Stories. It contains a climbing photo with a story. The group photos can be found Here. -Randy
Overcoat Peak Story
For me, this photo sums up the main story of Overcoat Peak. In the center of the photo, there is a ledge where 4 engineers ended up in a Bivouac. That is right; four of us with all kinds of climbing equipment, food, water, everything,… but somehow we all left three of the four headlamps at the base of the climb.
Overcoat Peak Slide Show
I first became interested in climbing Overcoat Peak while on Chimney Rock. This Photo was taken near the summit of Chimney Rock, and Overcoat Peak is the evil looking summit in the background. Once we made the summit, we regrouped and made a Bivouac on this ledge with this amazing view of Overcoat Peak.
Even though it was a warm and dry August night, it was hard to stay warm while tied in, sitting on our ropes, and in a huddle. The western face on Overcoat Peak is amazing view, and can be seen on the left from our Bivy photo. It was during this time that I started hatching a new route on the West face. I have seen Overcoat’s West face many times before, and it has a very ominous, not-climbable look. Fred Beckey has a shorter route on the East face, however my plan is to climb it in one night/2 days from Snoqualmie Pass via a blitz on the West face. In the morning ,as the sun shined on the shorter East face (Right), we happily made our exit from our insane Bivy ledge located at the base of the huge overhanging crack, directly below the summit, and above the right snow patch. You may have to click on the photo if you want to see the details.
The climb: From Snoqualmie Pass, I hiked the Cascade Crest Trail, passed the cat walk, Alaska Lake, Joe Lake, then climbed up and over Chikamin Peak to arrive at my bivouac just below this tarn . The next morning, I traversed under Lemah Mountain and Chimney Rock to discover the beautiful Avalanche Lake . Overcoat Peak can be seen to the extreme right of this photo. Skirting the lake and climbing higher, I finally had a good look at the West Face. I was not certain that I would find a route because all of the cliffs and broken blocky labyrinth of rock. But, my plan was well rehearsed mentally.
While climbing the 900’+ West face, it was sometimes difficult with all of the rock outcrops to keep my baring. My first goal was a small dark gendarme. Once there ,I continued up until the finish of the standard route. To my amusement, I found a bunch of slings tied together to help some poor soul down the final chimney. Once on top, I took a short break, ate, enjoyed the views, and then carefully negotiated my way back down the West face, back to my bivy, and then home. It was about the end of the rock climbing season and I was very pleased with this beautiful summit and the interesting challenges I had found.
Nice view, not to be missed. Catherine.
Thank you Catherine and Mariano!
Randy, just spent 20 minutes (that I really didn't have available) weaving through your delightful account and following every photo lead you gave. Can't wait to come across that moss covered tarn picture so I can comment about it. Remarkable work Randy, a real delight for me. I salute your significant efforts in putting this together. LIKE
Excellent photo. Like. Best Regards.
Wonderful pictures in the Slide Show and perfect presentation of this climb. Mauro Like
Thank you Mauro! I would love to hear one of your stories.
Like nº 5.
Nice place and photo.
I'd climb it, but it can get so crowded up on that cliff during weekends. :) Just kidding.
Love the cloud effect. Nice story.
It is soooo beautiful! Ciao, Andrea
I agree with you. I spent just a small amount of time there! One night is not enough!
Excellent photo! Like!
Thank you Senmax
A fantastic view! My compliments LIKE! With friendly greetings from Belgium, Odeveld
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