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North America, United States, Washington, Argonaut Peak, Cascades

Argonaut Peak, Cascades. The second major peak on the connecting ridge with Mount Smart to the east has been called Mount Argonaut (about 8500 feet). After a disappointing climb of the north face, not as good a climb as it looked, which I made on August 17 with Fred Beckey, Tony Hovey, and Ron Niccoli, we dropped about 500 feet down the south side in an attempt to find an easier descent. Here we observed several hundred feet of 80° pink crystalline Teton-like granite leading directly to the summit. Although Fred and Tony had to leave, Ron and I decided to try the face. We started on a sloping platform, angling to the left up a chimney. The climb went then to the right on a moderately thin hand-traverse and thence straight to the summit. We used about five pitons on this enjoyable class 5.3 climb.

F. Edward Cooper, Seattle Mountaineers