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 Peak(s):  "Drift Pk"  -  13,900 feet
 Post Date:  06/11/2008
 Date Climbed:   06/07/2008
 Posted By:  CAVUfool

 Drift Pk - North Face   

Myself and two friends climbed Drift Peak's North Face this last Saturday. Conditions were excellent mixed climbing. We did not bring a rope and therefore our route continuously meandered to the west as we hit more difficult terrain. Here is a picture of our route:
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The blue line is our route up and the orange our route down.

We left the car at 5:10am and summited around 10:30am. It could certainly be done faster, but we spent some time playing in areas we decided should only be done with a rope. The sharp right turn in our blue route line looked like this:

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After making this traverse we headed up into this section:

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Which dead ended in ice and sketchy rock. So we downclimbed a bit and after traversing climbers right we hit some very chossy stuff for about 50 feet before it became solid snow again. The steep sections ranged from 45 degrees to 50 degrees:

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The snow provide great two-kick steps.

The glisse down the orange line was a bit harsh, but the snow softened quickly as we descended. The descent also had 45 degree plus sections. There were sections in the basin so soft that even snow shoes post-holed a bit. Be sure to get off the snow early this time of year! We did see evidence of some wet slides from previous days.

Here is a parting picture of Boston Mine and the circque:

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Get out and climb!



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  • Comments or Questions
BillMiddlebrook



Fun snow!     2008-06-11 13:58:52
Looked like a fun climb. Nice job!



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