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kdonaldsonRoute Climbed: West Face Date Climbed: April 3, 2004  Sucess!

kdonaldson

Climbed with Idahoclimber, Fastandlight and Sean D. Our summit register was the first since October 2003.



After searching for the trailhead for over an hour in our vehicle we finally found it, getting in late friday night. Started out saturday morning a little before 7 am. Snow started within 1/2 mile of the start up the slopes towards the west ridge. Some postholing required, and finally put on snowshoes to take us up to the west ridge. Snow was firm enough to support snowshoes for the mostpart.



The class 3 summit tower was a mix of snow and rock, with the exposure increased in some spots due to snow chutes, where a slip could have been bad. Axe and crampons a must.



By the time we were decending down the slopes of the west ridge in the afternoon, the snow had softened so that snowshoes were useless and we were sinking into our thighs. Glissading sections made it faster.



Took us ~5 hours to summit and ~3 hours to descend. Great climb!
Posted Apr 13, 2004 9:49 am

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