Completed the traverse between McHenry's and Powell. Getting from McHenry's down to McHenry's Notch involves an exposed knife edge and then several hundred feet of mid-class 5 downclimbing. We opted to rap, completing two hundred foot raps down to the notch. From there the ascent to Powell was a piece of cake.
Solo Climb of McHenry's Notch Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010
My partners bailed on a planned climb of Keiner's, but I still wanted to do something and take advantage of the really bomber weather we've been having. So I opted for a solo run up McHenry's Notch, to the summit of McHenrey's and down Stoneman Pass. I had done this before and knew what to expect, other than the specific snow/ice conditions on the couloir. I talked to another party that reported that on their climb of Keiners the previous weekend that Lamb's Slide was bullet-proof ice. So I brought 2 technical ice tools instead of lighter alpine tools. This was very fortunate as the top 200 feet or so of McHenry's Notch was also bullet-proof ice. It would have been nice to have had a short rando rope and some screws but I got through it OK. After that, I enjoyed the beautiful class 4 rock on the ridge from McHenry's Notch up to McHenry's summit. I also took a water filter and pumped at Solitude Lake on the way up and at Black Lake on the way down. I pretty much chugged water the whole way. The whole trip was great overall. It took a while at about 13 hours car-to-car from the Glacier Gorge parking lot.