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marcminishRoute Comment


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The route info has "under two hours" given as an approximate time for completion. My estimate would be 6-8 hours.
Posted Nov 25, 2002 12:02 pm

GuitarWIzardRoute Comment


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The Lion Head Winter Route itself is very short - I've done it in under an hour.......it's merely a connector between the Huntington Ravine Fire Road and the Lion Head Trail, which is more avalanche-prone in the winter time.

I guess I should've clarified that the trailhead to summit takes 4-6 hours....but the actual Lion Head Winter Route takes less than 2. Sorry 'bout that.
Posted Feb 13, 2004 12:33 pm

sewardj60-70 degrees misleading

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This description seems to incorrectly imply a 1,000-foot snow and ice climb of 60-70 degrees - a far different proposition than the Lion Head trail.

An ice axe may be warranted on this route assuming one knows how to use it, but there is almost no "exposure" in a mountaineering sense.

There are a few ledges or steps that might briefly approach 60-70 degrees, but these bits are of almost trivial length.
Posted Dec 21, 2008 12:19 pm

ForemanRe: 60-70 degrees misleading


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I agree with Sewardj with particular regard to the 60-70 degree comment. This is a very misleading. I would estimate a sustained slope of around 30 degrees or so on the route in snow where crampon work and step-kicking is rather easy for an intermediate - advanced mountaineer.

In full-winter conditions, I would say that a classic ice axe is mandatory. Anything more aggressive is overkill and to impress the ladies.
Posted Aug 5, 2016 2:08 pm

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