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Object Title: Two Haystack tours

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Page By: Dmitry Pruss

Created/Edited: Mar 10, 2008 / Mar 10, 2008

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Blustery Day, Bluebird Day

The first trip to Haystack, on 3/2/08, was a reconaissance of the quickest ways to get to Haystack area. We started from Rock Creek culvert, but quickly turned away from the creek gully, shortcutting towards Pitt and Page Hill. It was blowing hard at higher elevations, and we couldn't even see the slopes of Haystack, let alone more distant mountains. So we sought refuge from North-Westerly winds on the high East benches of Haystack, charting our route to Blue, Azure, Rock, and Shadow Lakes. Not like it wasn't blowing even there! From Shadow Lake, we beelined to Provo River Falls, and returned to the car by the way of MLH. Overall 19 miles, 3000 ft elevation gain.

The following weekend, on 3/9/08, we set out to traverse Haystack South-to-North, and possibly to give Watson a shot. We shaved a bit more distance and elevation from the route by staying clear East of Rock Creek and Pitt & Page, and by noontime we reached the treshold of Haystack's SW Bowl. A new variation of SW Spur route led us to the top, and then by 3:30pm we finally reached the saddle between Haystack and Watson. It was gorgeous bluebird weather, but the snow started to stick in the aftrenoon and slowed us down some. I was relieved when the crew unanimously decided to skip Watson this time ... after climbing Nebo the previous day, and then dancing till midnight, by leg muscles were feeling it! But of course we still had nearly a dozen miles between us and the car, mostly enjoying a near-perfect icy glide on the MLH tracks. Overall 22 miles and 4000 ft el gain.

Images


Cute Mouse

Cute Mouse

Watson seen from Haystack\'s North Ridge

Watson seen from Haystack's North Ridge

Around Point of the Mountain

Around Point of the Mountain

Ice above Cobblerest

Ice above Cobblerest

Cornices of Haystack Mtn

Cornices of Haystack Mtn

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

North side of the SW Spur

North side of the SW Spur

SW Bowl

SW Bowl

Half-way up the slope of SW Spur Ridge

Half-way up the slope of SW Spur Ridge

Cliffs above Blue Lake

Cliffs above Blue Lake

Circling the Point of the Mountain

Circling the Point of the Mountain

Starting ascent to the crest of SW Spur

Starting ascent to the crest of SW Spur

Two skiers and the backdrop of Timp

Two skiers and the backdrop of Timp

Rob at the summit of Haystack

Rob at the summit of Haystack

Approaching the point of SW Spur

Approaching the point of SW Spur


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