granite4brains wrote:Deb wrote: Awesome long ass Class 3/4 scramble!
Doesn't that one have some 5th class sections, as well?
dshoshone wrote:You won't need an axe or crampons for the NE Ridge. You will only have to cross a few small patches of snow for that approach. If you descend Cox Col stay towards the north to avoid that snow.
3Deserts wrote:And to think I'd planned to ski the Hourglass this spring. What a bust that was.
Deb, how long did your Morgan-LLP traverse take from Morgan Pass to the Morgan summit? We might take a look at that this Sunday. I'm even wondering about climbing the 5th class slabs up LLP.
3Deserts wrote:As above, snow patches on approach to either NE Ridge or N arete routes, and descent from Cox Col. Easy to travel on in the morning; firm and suncupped, and surprisingly, the snow was the preferred method of descent when available, even with sticky dot sole approach shoes: soft enough to be easy and fun, and firm enough that we didn't really ever posthole. Very glissadable in spots too. Do it. Much better than the talus and junk up high. If you absolutely must avoid snow, I guess it's possible, but it would require a lot of wandering.
3Deserts wrote:G4B, yeah, you could avoid the snow probably almost the entire way, but it might entail having to do a little zigging and zagging and wandering to stay on the talus/scree/junk. The steepest snow fields below Cox Col can be almost completely avoided, except perhaps for a very short stretch near the top. I think you'll have to do a bit of wandering over to the right to get around the last field though.
On the other hand, there are a number of boot tracks there so you might be able to use some of the tracks as steps, assuming they persist through the heat.
When I get my pictures online I'll try to see if I have anything that helps.
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