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North America, United States, Washington, Cascade Mountains, Mount Despair, South Face

Mount Despair, South Face. The second ascent of this peak was made July 24 by Cliff Lawson, Doug Barrie, and me by a new route, which begins in a prominent S-shaped gully in mid-face. The gully ends in a grassy platform from which several short difficult leads and a series of gullies lead up and right to join the original route slightly below the summit. A fourth ascent of nearby Mount Triumph was made earlier in the week. The approach was made cross country via Oakes Peak. A road, soon to be built in the Thornton Creek area, will greatly improve access to these peaks.

Dave Laster, The Mountaineers