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Mount Fernow is Number 8 in the Washington Bulger List: http://www.peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=5003
Mount Fernow is a very challenging hike and scramble and the hike usually requires strong skills, route finding, and endurance to the traditionally 22 miles and over 6100 feet gain.
to make things more complicated, we cannot access the mountain from the usual Phelps Creek trailhead since road is currently inaccessible.
Instead we will start from Entiat River Trailhead, hike a roundtrip of about 35 miles, gain about 7,200 ft in about a day (roughly 20-24 hours).
Plan is to start 10pm Sunday night. The hike the first almost flat 14 miles and finish them before daylight. take a 20-40 mins nap if needed (carrying a bivy) then start our climb to the summit.
Most of the gain happens in the remaining 4 miles or so. I anticipate reaching the summit around 8-9am. Stay for 30 mins or so to take in the amazing views then head down. another nap in the afternoon before we take on the last long stretch of the trail is allowed.
While beta from others indicate the route was clear, route finding and navigation skills will still be greatly needed.
Located within the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Wenatchee National Forest. At 9,249, it is the 7th highest mountain in the state of Washington with a prominence of 2,812, and the highest peak in the Entiat Mountains.
The weather is looking great with temps in high 40s, low 50s at summit and wind 5-10 mph max.
Organizer: I am not an expert not a guide. I enjoy the mountains and like to enjoy them with others with same mindset and capabilities. If you come then you are responsible about your decision and any risk you may encounter. You also have to be realistic about your preparedness for an adventure like this both mentally and physically. you also have to be realistic about your goals and ready to turn around if conditions are unfavorable or you are not feeling well.
Participants: I am looking for a strong partner or more who are versed in long distance hiking, endurance trips, and adventures. It will be good to create comradeships during an adventure like this. Answer the question and maybe additional conversations before approving you. By clicking add to waitlist do not assume you will be selected and do not take it personally please. I care about the safety of everyone and I have to make the best decision about taking someone with me in an adventure like this.
Gear: Part of of the conditions to join a trip like this is to be able to gather info about the peak and have all suitable gear. I should not be the one telling you to bring enough adequate nutrition, water, layers, ice axe, crampons, microspikes, mountaineering boats, approach or running shoes, lights, googles or anything else that are obviously necessary.