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 Peak(s):  Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
 Post Date:  04/24/2009
 Date Climbed:   04/24/2001
 Posted By:  Easy Rider

 East Ridge & Moose Creek   

4/24/2001


It was stormy earlier that week, so I cancelled the steeps for the time. I left for Alma after school Monday, stopping at the South Park Saloon for food. The Penguins were playing the Capitols.

I parked at the Moose Creek TH on the Quartz Creek road; it was a little tricky to tell, with the peaks obscured by snow squalls. I broke trail on low angled, wind-loaded snow. The clouds lifted before it was completely dark, and I caught a view of the routes from a camp at treeline. The gully looked fine. Sleep was fleeting with the constant wind. I did not want to use earplugs because I had to catch an alarm. I wanted an early start to take advantage of any supportable crusting on this east exposure with the potential for wind-loaded pockets. I skinned out of camp in the dark, feeling my way for the ridge to the south. I wish I had clear lenses to protect my eyes from spindrift. Alma twinkled, and the sun turned the scaled snow a light rose under me. If every climb is unique, for Bross, it was watching the clouds rolling over the pass at sunrise.

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When I stopped skinning to hike, I noticed that my leaking camelback had frozen all my zippers. I was surprised by the size of the flat summit of Bross, and found the summit register on the far end, closer to the Moose Creek run. There was a little new snow from the summit, but it did not connect to the top of the run. My rationale here was that I was still standing taller than the summit from where I strapped in again. To be any more critical is to trivialize the run itself.

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The run into Moose Creek was not very big, or steep. I trended left on consistent wind hammered snow, and made it across some low angled areas back to camp. The pow run back to the car was nice easy riding.



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