There are certainly some interesting posts from the past few days. Seems like folks are really getting down to business. Church, Donaldson, Lost River, Lemhis, Bell, DBE... all are impressive efforts. One thing that struck me is how nice the weather and snow conditions were described. That was NOT the case with the little adventure that George, John and I had up on Peak 11,477 in the Lost Rivers.
A fairly nice morning on Saturday turned into a full fledged gale by afternoon. Our climb up the South Face and then the West Ridge was quite exciting with good snow up to about 10,500 feet followed by horrid crust and sugar conditions up top. The traverse of the ridge crest was particularly exciting with super steep snow above big scary cliffs.
Not long after reaching the summit, the storm blew in. It was WINTER all over again!
We did some fantastic glissades out of the clouds. It snowed and rained all night and much of Sunday too. We backed off our attempt on Far Away Peak on Sunday after witnessing two avalanches caused by heavy new snow before 9 AM. Great adventure.
The South Face of 11,477
John and George with McCaleb and Little Mac in the background
George on the lower rock band
John a bit higher
Approaching the next set of rocks
The West Ridge was harder than anticipated
The summit as the sky is darkening.
Our first blind glissade ended at the lip of this little obstacle
This is June 18? Yeehah!
This is the beta, not the presentation version; lots of pics, very few omitted & sparsely captioned.
(click on the picture above for slideshow)