I walked over the mountain twice but didn’t hit the summit. It’s worth it to say I climbed a mountain called Otis though : )
Climbed the Wham Couloir (40 ft of WI3+, 30 ft of M4, and 700 feet of snow slogging) and then hiked up the east ridge to the summit. Descent via scrappy gully to the west of Wham/Zowie. 9 hours car to car.
Started around 5:30AM. Trail already carved out to Sky Pond. Crampons and ice axe helpful for bottom of couloir. Sun warmed the upper section. Lots of loose snow avalanches seen on Taylor Peak, Taylor Glacier, and Powell Snowfields during ascent. Followed Continental Divide to climb Taylor, Otis, Hallett, and Flattop as well. Back at car around 3:45PM.
Made a roundtrup fra Bear Lake Trailhead via Otis (east ridge), Hallett and Flattop. Clear and sunny, but strong and cold wind on the summit. Great day though :)
Made the fun scramble up the East Ridge from Lake Haiyaha. Descended via Flattop.
CMC trip, there were 8 of us. We started around 6AM and reached the summit around 9:30. The weather was still looking good, so we decided to go for Hallett Peak. Quite a few hikers higher up, most were going for Hallett as well. There was still some snow here and there on the Flattop Trail, but it will be gone soon.
Continental Divide traverse from Flattop to Powell and back down Flattop trail to Bear Lake.
Hiked the pile o talus while guiding a group along the Continental Divide Loop. Great views
Traverse of Flat top, Hallett and Otis and decend down Andrews Glacier to the Loche. Was a very rewarding day since all my regular climbing buddies were working and couldn't do anything more technical. Turned out to be a great day in the mountains.
As a trio- Flattop/Hallett/Otis.
up and down Andrews.
Fun mixed climb.
Skipped Taylor, since I had already done it. Trip report.
Climbed Thatchtop, ridge over to Powell, then to Taylor and Otis. Down Andrews Glacier. A great high traverse.
Nice way down the Andrew's glacier after Hallett
Passed over the summit during a three week backpacking tour of the Continental Divide.
Nice view from top.
(From Andrews Glacier)
Taylor is better if you feel up to it
Otis, Flat Top and Hallet peaks, great day out!!