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 Peak(s):  PT 13,626  -  13,626 feet
 Post Date:  01/07/2013
 Date Climbed:   01/06/2013
 Posted By:  Wyoming Bob

 Pt. 13,626 via Grouse Canyon   

Having read the excellent trip report posted by Papillon as to their climb of the SW Ridge of Mt. Princeton, I'll confess to smelling opportunity in the air. I knew the route up through Grouse Canyon could be tough route find in the winter but there was an opportunity to follow in the course of others to tree line. Poaching, borrowing, appreciating, you choose the word, I'll just say thanks for the guidance and functionally the summit.

Before going on I'll also note that my first photo below is picture of that ridge on Princeton and that was a heck of a day out. You all made your bones that day.

So we followed your track up through the woods losing it near the snag and then picking it up again in the wooded flat below the gully leading to tree line. From there it was onward to the cut off point to the SW Ridge, where we cut up basin to go up and around the moraine like fins that really were a cruel treat, given that the summer trail probably just jogs up and over. Something about the sugary snow caused us concern and we ended up having to safe the route, which added both distance and effort.

After the last of the fins and humps, we saw that we could drop a good bit and climb to the summit or move further up the valley and get a more gentle ridge hike to the top. We added distance in favor of the more gentle slope. The summit came at 2:10 p.m. after 7 hours effort but we did manage to get out just as the dark came on.

Thanks to prior trip reports by Papillion as mentioned above and to Piper14er for another fine report and the visual check points we drew from it.

For the usual narrative click here.



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  • Comments or Questions
Jay521



Another solid report.     2013-01-08 08:02:53
Nice one, Bob. After reading both reports on this route, I guess I'm going to have to give it a go one of these days. Thanks for posting!


Papillon


The road to recovery...     2013-01-08 08:39:22
Good to see you healthy and back at it, H. Unseen valleys are special places, as you know. I hope you achieve your goals in 2013.


Wyoming Bob


Thank you & good to be back at it.     2013-01-10 06:59:53
Thank you Jay for the thumbs up and yes Pap. it is good to be back on the track!

Climb safe,

Bob/H



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