Grizz's 86th

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Location:
Utah, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Jan 22, 2006
Season:
Winter
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Grizz's 86th
Created On: Jan 24, 2006
Last Edited On: Feb 22, 2006
Lone Peak is beyond any doubt the mountain to which Grizz Randall a.k.a. mtn_runr has a deep personal connection, reinforced by about a hundred ascents (Grizz's precise tally for our January 22th summit run was #86, and I have no clue how he can still keep the number exact :)

I had a privillege to accompany Grizz on three of these trips, but this one was the first time when I shoot some good photos. Grizz and Joseph got even nicer shots, and I hope they don't mind if I organize all these pictures together into a short, largely pictorial TR.

We started from Cherry Canyon TH minutes after 7 am and put on the snowshoes some 1200 verical ft later, by the "first circle of rocks".
Met the first rays of rising Sun briefly at the "Mahogany Tunnel" section at 7,300 ft, and then again after crossing the "Cherry Bowl". By this time the gray mass of low clouds crawled over the Oquirrhs and poured over Traverse Mtn into Utah Valley, but it was sunny and beautiful up ahead.

We crossed the open slopes towards Jacob Ladder - Draper Ridge trail junction and reached the usual viewpoint from where about everybody photographs the mountain (I'd be surprised if Joseph didn't - it must be a pretty shot). There were pillows of wind-deposited snow drifting off the ridge to the South, and we decided to continue away from the rock formations of the ridge and closer to the bottom of the drainage leading into the cirque. At this point the clouds caught up with us at last, and the visibility dropped at times to a couple hundred ft. From time to time, a little window would open in the fog here and there, but we still managed to overshoot the "correct" gully leading through the steeper section of the hanging valley at 40° 31.25'N, 111° 45.98'W . The route normale is up the middle of the three gullies converging here, but we veered into the Sothern gully and finally reemerged from the fog at 10,000 ft right next to the first cliffs of Question Mark Wall.

Actually it wasn't a long detour, and it gave us an unusual vantage point to marvel at the cliffs of the cirque, so I am kind of glad that we missed the straight shot route there. And Mother Nature finally rewarded us with a sunny, sheltered spot for lunch. Then it was off into the breeze again, on an upward traverse along Willows Divide and onto the North Shoulder.



A hundred or so yards from the summit we ditched the snowshoes and booted on, mostly staying right of the knife-sharp cornices
(although I couldn't resist playing a leftie and bypassed a couple of particularly unpleasant spots on the left-hand side).

Yay! Isn't it a beautiful summit, and doubly so in the blanket of snow?

Thanks, Grizz, Joseph, and Sharon!



Any more pictures to include?





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Scott

Scott - Jan 24, 2006 3:23 pm - Hasn't voted

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Nice trip report. Lone Peak is a great winter climb.

MrWasatch

MrWasatch - Jan 24, 2006 5:18 pm - Hasn't voted

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Nice report and pictures, can't imagine climbing that mountain 86 times...amazing!

aiadvisors

aiadvisors - Jan 26, 2006 4:21 pm - Voted 10/10

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Stunning.

Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Jan 27, 2006 12:26 pm - Hasn't voted

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Thanks for the nice comments!



can't imagine climbing that mountain 86 times

- I can barely imagine running 100-milers ultramarathons either, which the Grizz also did uncounted many times, but I guess some people are just made out the best materials :)



Stunning

No, take a look at this shot made by the younger guys at the same spot a couple days later to see what deserves to be called stunning IMO.

mountaingazelle

mountaingazelle - Jan 31, 2006 7:26 pm - Hasn't voted

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Good trip report. Looks like all of you had a great climb up Lone Peak with nice weather too. Congratulations to Grizz on his 86th climb. He is one of the strongest guys I've ever met.

Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Feb 1, 2006 10:01 am - Hasn't voted

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nice weather too



At the very top, yes. As to the way to the cirque ... it's just no one was taking pictures when there was no visibility :))

marauders

marauders - Feb 19, 2006 1:21 am - Voted 10/10

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I enjoyed the TR. Good pics as well. I never had much interest in a Lone Peak winter attempt until now. Beautiful terrain up high. Also those pics with the mountains above the clouds are especially breathtaking.

Scott Wesemann

Scott Wesemann - Feb 20, 2006 3:56 pm - Voted 10/10

AWESOME!

Great trip reoprt and EXCELLENT pics! Wow! This really makes me want to go for Lone in the winter...

soccerman

soccerman - Dec 26, 2006 6:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Great pic!

Sounds like fun. Getting me excited for Jan. 6th! I'm planning an acent that day.

Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Dec 26, 2006 7:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Jan. 6th

The WMC trip is on the 20th of January if I get it right? Check the Rambler. It is a pretty desolate place most winter long, it just might be better to have some company just in case. If you do Wolverine or Pfeifferhorn on a weekend, at least there will likely be people withing sight....

soccerman

soccerman - Dec 26, 2006 8:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Jan. 6th

I'm planning on going with a couple of hiking friends, so no worries there. I rarely hike alone.

Dmitry Pruss

Dmitry Pruss - Jan 8, 2007 7:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Jan. 6th

Hey, how was it?

soccerman

soccerman - Jan 10, 2007 10:04 pm - Hasn't voted

A good experience

We didn't make the summit. The weather wasn't great. We lost the trail about 2 miles in and started bushwhacking. Made for some slow going. It was tons of fun, and I learned some great lessons. We probably only made it 3 miles in before it got dark and we set up camp in a spot sheltered from the wind. I'd like to try again sometime though.

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