Hayford Peak Climber's Log

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cp0915 - Apr 11, 2005 2:08 pm

Route Climbed: standard - Deadman Cyn to SW Ridge Date Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!

A surprise storm during the previous night blanketed the mountain and surrounding desert with snow down to around 4500 feet. The mountain was still socked in by storm clouds when we rolled up to the trailhead.

A pretty tough dayhike, considering all the old (& new) snow on the ground, the constant winds (particularly on the SW ridge), the low visibility minorly hampering our route-finding, the hard pellets of snow pelting our faces as it blew at us, and the f'in unexpected spring cold. After full conditions for much of the upper route, the snow and wind stopped and the clouds parted briefly as we took our last few steps to the summit. The partial views were great.

A little icy on the SW ridge in places, particularly on the steeper portions (of course). Ice axes were essential; crampons would have been nice, but...

Thanks to my partners Mike and Dean for the extra clothes.

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