Good times on this route. Fun climbing lower down and high up. Middle part is a walk through meadows. Getting up to the notch I think we ended up on some 5.7 variation. Hmmm...
We climbed the easy route up the gully. We traversed east from the gully and climbed the summit spire. The summit is only large enough to place your hand over it and the drop below is breathtaking. After leaving the summit we scrambled up to the divide and included Knobtop and Gabletop in our summits that day.
Long traverse of many mountains and lots of tundra!
We topped out at the Notch, with no intention of reaching the summit since our route ended here. We climbed the Spiral Route and finished with Morning (5.7). Spiral is a fantastic mountaineering route and one of the best beginner alpine routes I have done. The route presented opportunities to get in some low grade technical climbing, scrambling, hiking and soloing. The route finding was not that bad. The descent absolutely sucked. My partner came very close to having an epic on the S side of the peak due to our ropes being stuck approximately 400' off the deck. We endured rain, snow, thunder and lightning on the way down. We should have opted for the walk-off but declined to do so because it was wet. But given the poor beta that we had on the rap descent, it would have been better. Somehow we missed the true rap line and ended up doing 2 raps (1 set up from the notch by us) and a second rap in a gulley that was protected by a chockstone and a Chinard piton. Approximately 250' below that we spotted some real anchors. After we freed up our stuck ropes byt sheer luck, we worked our way down to the anchors. From that point on, I knew we were home free. What a cool adventure.