Excellent "thunker-stonker" alpine ice! Great reliable, superhuman partner, perfect shielding from the weather till descent, great postion...a must do for all aspiring, MIAs = Mediocre Intermediate Alpinists!
Awesome route... just had to post it! Climbed with Jim C. Approach via Bear Lake-Odessa Gorge was maybe the long way. Route is stellar, but found faceted sugar-snow at top-third of the face that made a tough/slow exit. Steep ramp was spooky at top unprotected, then came 60-70mph gusts and sunset! Hiked out over Flattop to Bear L. on frozen icy trails- maybe the long way out too. 13-hour day on the 13th of the month. Not too shabby!
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