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Looking up the backside (NE...
Looking up the backside (NE side) of the summit pinnacle and the snowfield there. The route up this side weaves up through the gendarmes. This early in the season, I was able to do so until the last gendarme (with some Class 3-4 scrambling around the other side). From the last one, I postholed thigh deep in the snow up to the summit rocks.

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DeanQuite the contrast

Dean

Voted 10/10

Brian, there is a trail under all that snow, one that the lookouts used to plod up and down. Compare your pic to this one that I took on Oct. 22nd. The lack of snow changes this from a class 3 as you had to deal with to a class 2 by the trail. Thanks also for your comments on the TR.
Posted Oct 26, 2005 7:39 pm

Brian JenkinsRe: Quite the contrast

Brian Jenkins

Hasn't voted

Yep, and had the snow been firmer and I had crampons, it would have been a cakewalk instead of a moat-trap for me. All depends on when you go, eh? Glad you got up this one. Bummer about the bee stings though!
Posted Oct 26, 2005 9:45 pm

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