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Edwards Mountain, GNP winter ascent

Postby GlacierCountry » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:37 pm

Thinking about doing a winter ascent of Edwards Mountain in Glacier Park. Looking for advice from SPers who've done this.
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Re: Edwards Mountain, GNP winter ascent

Postby ManyGlacierMountaineer » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:31 am

I've bagged Mt. Brown in winter conditions, but never Edwards. Be advised that the North Face is basically a huge avalanche alley. We saw over a dozen slides during our Mt. Brown trip.
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Re: Edwards Mountain, GNP winter ascent

Postby GlacierCountry » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:07 pm

Thanks MGM. How is Brown in the winter? Did you take the route up from the lookout or climb from the west?
I was in the Snyder basin a couple of weeks ago and got a good look at Edwards. It almost looked like taking a Northern approach out of the Snyder basin could be doable as somewhat of a mixed climb but certainly the NW face was high avy risk.
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Re: Edwards Mountain, GNP winter ascent

Postby ManyGlacierMountaineer » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:16 pm

We climbed Brown from the lookout via the Knife Ridge (Class IV). The South Bowl is also another high avalanche prone area, so beware. As far as Edwards goes, the whole N/NW face was letting loose all day long the day we did Brown. Good luck if you choose to go up there, looking forward to your prospective trip report. I'll get some more beta from a friend of mine who has done Edwards in the spring, he may be able to help you out more than I can.
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Re: Edwards Mountain, GNP winter ascent

Postby GlacierCountry » Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:08 pm

A cold front moved in over the weekend and the avalanche risk level bumped up so we cancelled the trip. I'm glad we did. We went into the Snyder basin instead, to scout out the approach and some ice climbing. There's a lot of deep powder on that approach and I think a springtime approach would be much easier. I'd like to consider early April.
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