Route Climbed: Phelps Trail Date Climbed: 10/17/02
Challenging climb and also my first.. see my trip report. Trail was a total washout, very stream-like, rain most of the time, and when combined with left-over snow and leaf-fall on the rocks, the descent was particularly dicely, esp with pack and all.
Started at head of Phelps Mount trail at about 1:38pm, and when I decided to turn back it was 3pm; estimate about 50 ft or so from summit but recogniziing sunset time to be about 6:20, I wanted to make camp in good time. Temperature was about 35 at beginning of Phelps, but below 30 when I headed down; also at high elevation I could not see any surrounding mountains due to fog/cloud banks.
On descent, my Annapurnas held up nicely on exposed rock even with the stream-water runoff, but snow-covered and leafy rock was slipperly. Descent required some self-belaying for increased comfort/safety. Not the ideal bouldering conditions.