The Mt Deception Summit Climb takes you up the second highest peak in the Olympics nestled deep in the alpine cirque of Royal Basin. Hidden from view, Mt Deception(7,788′) stands among the highest peaks in the Olympic Range offering an accessible climb within a weekend of adventure! Approach via the Royal Basin Trail and hike from the lowland coastal old growth forests(2,550′) to the high alpine cirque and camp along the shores on one of the high lakes at 5,770′. Enjoy climbing up the NE Chute which delivers 45 degree snow onto a rocky ridge scramble to the summit! The views of the entire Olympic Range, the Cascades and the Puget Sound extend in all directions making it one of the most expansive view in the NW! On this climb we cover: Selection and use of personal equipment, ropes, knots & harnesses Crampon use & snow climbing techniques, ice axe positioning, and self arrest techniques Roped snow travel, rope team management, and route finding Hazard assessment including a discussion of objective vs. subjective hazards Camp construction, camp management, and cold weather camping skills. Discussions will include proper clothing and climbing gear for survival in the high mountains, mountain weather, alpine ecology, and Leave No Trace ethics. Included: Guide, group climbing gear, tent, breakfast & dinner Not Included: Transportation, personal climbing equipment*, lunch/trail snacks, gratuities for guides and personal camping equipment. Day 1: Elevation 3,700 feet / 1128 meters Drive from Seattle to the Royal Basin trailhead (2,550 feet) 18 miles out of Sequim. Approximate driving time is 2 hours. The approach to base camp at Royal Lake (5,100 feet) takes 3 to 4 hours to cover 7.2 miles. We will travel in the rain shadow through ancient forests, high alpine meadows, and snow covered areas en route to our high camp. We spend the afternoon learning the essentials of of glacier travel; ice axe / crampon technique, self arrest, roped team travel, route finding, and hazard assessment. The remainder of the evening is spent making final preparations for the next day’s summit attempt. Day 2: The second day begins early with an alpine start followed by a quick breakfast – typically between 2 and 3 a.m is our start time for the climb. Depending on conditions and the pace of the group, it takes from 5 to 7 hours to reach the top. Gorgeous views of the Olympics and Cascades reward you as you stand on the summit. We return to base camp by early afternoon. After a brief rest, we break down camp, and descend to our vehicle. Plan to be back in Seattle by 6-7 p.m.
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