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Emmons_winthrop conditions update 9.1.14

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4 of us attempted the Emmons on Labor day.

We got onto the corridor; starting from the Emmons flats, then headed straight up the blank section until the large 1/2' pvc wand, from there we traversed hard left to get onto the corridors right edge crevasse-cliff. The corridor is still easily navigable, just stay on the very right hand edge.

We found a boot track at the top of the corridor which led us past the bat feature in the earlier June post.

Between the bat feature & the Egyptian pyramids, suspect snow bridges have forced the boot track up a steep section (40 degree) which had some boiler place ice underneath. We rapped down this on our return. We stopped at 12700' due to altitude concerns & worries about being able to descend the steep sections in a timely manner. From our high point above the Egyptian pyramids, it seemed we would have to traverse hard right to the shoulder.

Thanks to the excellent climbing rangers who offered top quality route beta at 6AM & also came to investigate our slow progress as we set anchors to descend the steep section at 12300'

Edited by Woodcutter

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