Grindstone had more snow on it than expected so we went strait up the North ridge from a low point just SW of the pass at the top of the chatter creek trail. We took the ridge all the way to the summit, we should have descended after reaching the first peak though and followed a snow-free line of rocks instead which we did on the return.
Snowgrass, Ladies, Cape Horn, Grindstone Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013
4 peaks in 2 days. Camped near Lake Edna. Enjoyed all the peaks except the main summit of Snowgrass.
Something funky is going on with mosquitoes this year. They have been bad the last two trip but this time they were worse than I've ever seen in my life. I was able to kill 5 or 10 with one swat. They followed us everywhere, evem to the summit of Grindstone.
There were a lot of slabby slides going around. This was the trip that I invented the quote "How do you like your avalanches? I like them slabby!". Although honestly I prefer non, but do find them entertaining.
Absolutely amazing mountain. Just wish I went up a month later. The berries bushes and the larches are actually together here. SOme late September climber is going to hit the jackpot. At least I ate the yummy berries up there. Tough but highly recommended.