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 Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
 Post Date:  06/03/2006 Modified: 06/07/2006
 Date Climbed:   06/01/2006
 Posted By:  mtbco

 Princeton East   

Left Denver at 4 AM. After gear re-pack/check left radio towers at 7:40. The trail was easily identified as we left tree line by a large rock cairn. It was an easy climb to and through the first part of the talus, only interrupted by an occasional "snow field". The last one catches your attention as a fall would be serious, to say the least. However, it will probably be gone in a few days. (It wouldn't be noticeable in winter as one would normally have an ice-axe and crampons... not that it would be worth putting the crampons on for this one area) Turned left (up) right after the last bit of snow. Made it easily to the ridge, but realized later that there were several more trails to the ridge past the one taken. I don't think it made a lot of difference as every other trail up was seriously degraded. Crossed the ridge and made our way up the final 800ft or so only worrying about continual solid foot placement. Past the plague and to the top for a nice rest and bit to eat. Note: those who choose to leave their trash and excrement should be banned from every place but their own homes. (only a bit, but still disgusting) Nice views from the summit between cloud flows. Just under 3.5 hours to the peak from the radio towers. We saw a beautiful mountain goat seen on the way down traversing the ridge between 'tigger' and Princeton. All in all a perfect day and perfect weather. The only downside would be that snow melt is occurring so rapidly that a route up the 'line glacier' was not possible.


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