Gaston Posted January 28, 2005 Share Posted January 28, 2005 Climb: Stuart Range - Date of Climb: 1/28/2005 Trip Report: Wednesday I hiked with S in to the meadow below Sherpa glacier. By the time we got there, we were pretty sure no climbing would take place. This is because the approach took 9 (!) hours. We booted it up the road on reasonable snow. But things deteriorated as we rose (has there been an inversion in Leavenworth lately?) The thin snow pack combined with the recent warm temps combined for a posthole epic. From the junction with the Colchuck lake trail, the way consisted of strenuous postholing and deadfall acrobatics. Further up, the boulder field was down right dangerous (we made it worse by heading uphill too early and then traversing through bonus boulders). Neither of us are in bad shape; the conditions are simply horendous at the moment. Snowshoes might have helped, but would have been annoying while negotiating deadfalls and boulders. As for climbing, the look of the northeast aspect we could see in the morning gave us little hope that we would find anything around the corner on the Northwest face. To be precise, it wasn't worth negotiating the moraine slope up to the Stuart glacier. It snowed a couple of inches during the night, which made the mountain nice to look at. Also, on a promising note, the temperature dropped a lot and the snowpack firmed up a bit. On the way out, we had good views of Dragontail. No ice appears to be be formed there--even the runnels on Triple Couloir seem to be absent. Also, Asgard pass looked hellish. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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