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Kayak surf clinic and Cape Flattery tour

On 19 June 2015 Don Rice and seven other Mountaineers paddlers kayaked to Cape Flattery to enjoy the sea caves and wildlife on a sunny, calm and low-swell day. Over the following two days we had a successful clinic where all the students improved their skills kayaking in surf.
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Mt Anderson Climb

Three of the largest rivers in the Olympic Mountains begin on the slopes of Mount Anderson (7321 ft), the hydrographic center of the range. On June 12 and 13 I was fortunate to take part in an attempt to climb Mt. Anderson via Flypaper Pass and the upper Eel glacier on a trip led by Dave Morgan for the Seattle Mountaineers. While lack of snow below Flypaper Pass thwarted our summit attempt, we were blessed with great weather, a fun and fit team and beautiful scenery in the remote West Fork of the Dosewallips River and Anderson Glacier area.

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Mt Deception Climb

Mt Deception, Olympic National Park

On 5 June 2015 Barney Bernhard and I climbed Mount Deception, the second highest peak in Olympic National Park at 7788 feet. Not only is Mount Deception a high peak, it’s also large, aesthetic and sits as the rocky king at the head of Royal Basin.

Our route started from a camp in upper Royal Basin, attaining the low point on the Deception-Martin Peak Ridge via steep snow. From the ridge, we traversed the upper flanks of Deception Glacier under Gilhooley Spire to gain the summit ridge from the West. Blessed with clear skies, light winds and moderate temperatures, we enjoyed an excellent climb and great climbing conditions.

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