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kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 4/27/01  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

An easy summit, but the snow at the willows on descent would not support climbers and experienced constant postholing into waist deep snow. Gaining the summit by the trail and ridge was easy- I should have taken the same route down for descent. But I decided to make a beeline for the trailhead on descent only to realize that snow was covering the willows. I didnt have snow shoes, but even snow shoe tracks showed lots of postholing. A normal easy 4-6 hour RT in the summer, this day it took 11 hours and was not nearly as easy as advertised because of the constant postholing. Live and learn.
Posted Apr 29, 2001 6:29 pm

thepluggerRoute Climbed: From Guanella Pass TH Date Climbed: 06-20-90  Sucess!

theplugger

This first climb of Mt Bierstadt was my second 14er, and done before there was any bridge work through those infamous willows! Once across the willows it was a pleasant walkup on a gorgeous blue sky day. I did it a second time, date not remembered, as a conditioning hike.
Posted Apr 6, 2001 10:06 am

Jerry ThomasRoute Climbed: Guanella Pass Date Climbed: 3/20/99  Sucess!
My first 14er, do not let the Mountain fool you, it is bigger than it looks. If you climb it with snow on the ground you get to walk over the infamous willows.
Posted Mar 30, 2001 8:56 am

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