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#1029574 - 08/03/11 10:07 PM [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011
off_the_hook Offline
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Registered: 05/15/03
Posts: 186
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Loc: San Carlos, CA
Trip: West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge

Date: 8/1/2011

Trip Report:
Having thoroughly enjoyed the climb of West McMillan Spire in 2007, I figured it was time to return. With route knowledge and generally good conditions I was able to better the 2007 time by just over 3 hours to 8:14 roundtrip.

Location (Elevation): Time Elapsed / Real Time
Goodell Creek Trailhead (600 ft) : 0 / 05:45
Climbers Path Turnoff (1,600 ft) : 45:28 / 06:30
Heather Bench [top of hill climb] (5,200 ft) : 1:50:30 / 07:35
Arrive West McMillan Summit (8,000 ft) : 4:20:19 / 10:05
Depart West McMillan Summit (8,000 ft) : 4:41:01 / 10:26
Heather Bench [top of hill climb] (5,200 ft) : 6:46:08 / 12:31
Climbers Path Turnoff (1,600 ft) : 7:40:40 / 13:26
Goodell Creek Trailhead (600 ft) : 8:14:12 / 14:00





Thanks Val Zephyr for the route conditions. The climbers path from Goodell Creek to the heather benches at 5,200 ft is a masterpiece of elevation gain. One major difference from the prior trip report were the snow conditions, which were firm and even icy in spots. This generally allowed for fast travel on the traverse from the heather benches to the Terror Glacier. However, the short descent from the 6,300+ ft notch and the final steeper snow slope up to the West Ridge required some attention. Maybe it was the rain the previous day or simply a factor of travelling on a chilly morning. On the descent the snow conditions were already getting slightly softer.















































































Gear Notes:
Black Diamond Neve Strap Crampons; Ultimate Direction Wasp Pack, First Endurance EFS and Ultragen; La Sportiva Raptors

Approach Notes:
A couple brushy sections on the Goodell Creek Trail. The climbers path is generally easy to follow, but if you lose it, retrace your steps and find it.
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#1029578 - 08/03/11 10:14 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
ZimZam Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 1836
TRs: 1 Photos: 61
Loc: The Rez
Have those La Sportiva's got wings? Blazin'. tup
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#1029609 - 08/04/11 10:06 AM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
keenwesh Offline
old hand

Registered: 02/21/09
Posts: 1134
TRs: 20 Photos: 158
Loc: Bozeman
good work! that approach is just a little strenuous....

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#1029612 - 08/04/11 10:31 AM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
KaskadskyjKozak Offline
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Registered: 04/23/04
Posts: 16378
TRs: 86 Photos: 760
Loc: Above Treeline

How did you find time to take all those pics?? :-)
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#1029630 - 08/04/11 01:12 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: KaskadskyjKozak]
cascadesdj Offline
member

Registered: 08/06/09
Posts: 102
TRs: 2 Photos: 22
Loc: Roslyn, WA
You take some of the best pics! Keep 'em coming, it's inspiring to look at your TRs.

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#1029669 - 08/04/11 06:16 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
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Registered: 01/25/10
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Loc: county jail
Let the games begin!
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#1029671 - 08/04/11 07:07 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
Skeezix Offline
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Registered: 04/22/04
Posts: 1264
TRs: 0 Photos: 3
Loc: Port Angeles
Sick.
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#1029700 - 08/04/11 10:32 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
trumpetsailor Offline
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Registered: 02/14/07
Posts: 124
TRs: 1 Photos: 1
Loc: Seattle
Burly.

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#1029705 - 08/04/11 10:55 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: trumpetsailor]
mick_scott Offline
n00b

Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 30
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Nice images - Thanks for sharing

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#1029863 - 08/06/11 06:07 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
Whatcomboy Offline
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Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 178
TRs: 14 Photos: 78
Loc: hwy 542
8:14 roundtrip? Your from another planet.

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#1029917 - 08/07/11 04:19 PM Re: [TR] West McMillan Spire Speed Climb - West Ridge 8/1/2011 [Re: off_the_hook]
silence Offline
n00b

Registered: 08/23/06
Posts: 43
TRs: 0 Photos: 3
nothing seems to slow you down .. whether it's the high altitude of the sierras or the incredible steeps of the nc .. you just keep kicking ass sir

and yes .. gorgeous and awe-inspiring ..thx for the beautiful collection of photos ..


Edited by silence (08/07/11 04:21 PM)

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