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jhamaker

Conditions above Muir?

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Hi, I was part of a party of four, including Marek. Yesterday we got very high on the Ingraham Direct route. The winds were strong from the start, but steadily increased all morning. By our high point, the winds were steadily in excess of 60 mph, making each step very difficult. On the descent, it seemed the steeper slopes were loading with more snow, and there was a tremendous ground blizzard. It was an incredible experience. Of course, we thought it was over once at Camp Muir, but the wind and snow followed us down to Panorama Point.

But the route itself was in fine condition, all crevasses easily stepped over. Routefinding is obvious, but be sure to wand it. We lost our wand track for a while, and suffered a few minor crevasse falls because of it.

We didn't see anybody else going for the summit (Sean?), but talked to some an RMI guide at Camp Muir. We registered for the climb at Longmire, and had a nice experience with the people working there.

Thanks to Marek, Chris and Kevin for a fantastic trip!

--Michael

[ 02-14-2002: Message edited by: mvs ]

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