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|2014-06-15||Route: Booth Lake drainage/area
Info: No summit, but a conditions on the area and the coverage up high. Booth Creek/Falls trail is dry until the top of the falls overlook, where it becomes spotty with snow banks. If you‘re familiar with the trail, where it goes parallel and close to Booth Creek, that is where the snow starts, which is around 10,200/300‘ contour, and the trail is lost to snow, almost continuous to the Booth Lake area. Summertime trail has been mostly followed, but not always. Overnight freeze must have been good. Snow conditions were quite firm and supportable. Very minimal postholes on my exit from the upper reaches of the drainage around 12pm. No snowshoes. Pic 1: "Outpost Peak" high on the r., Booth Creek drainage below, and the ascent gully that accesses W Partner‘s S ridge route on the left (prominent snow filled gully, angling r. to l.) Pic 2: Another look at W Partner‘s access gully and drainage Pic 3: West Partner‘s SW face. The "S" couloir I climbed a couple of years ago, in mid-May, and it‘s as full now as it was then. Fun climb! Nothing real steep, but aesthetic with a scrambly ridge finish. Pic 4: Booth Lake Pic 5: Mount of the Holy Cross looking healthy.
|2013-07-06||Route: West Ridge
Info: I camped at Booth Lake for two nights, and was able to make it to the summit of West Partner Peak on Saturday, July 6. Since I was at the lake already, I used the West Ridge to ascend and descend the peak. At this point in time, and I think for several more weeks, it would be wise to bring traction to walk on the multiple snow fields that persist on the route leading up to the West Ridge. I used microspikes on the snow fields going up and down. If you have traction, you can connect the snow fields to save time on the talus. If I had crampons, I would have been able to stay on the snow for longer periods of time. Instead, I went from snow field to talus to snow field to talus. I did not see any snow on the South Ridge route, so if you are looking to ascend via that ridge, you should be good.