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 Peak(s):  Grizzly Pk A  -  13,988 feet
 Post Date:  06/09/2010
 Date Climbed:   06/06/2010
 Posted By:  Wyoming Bob

 Grizzly Peak - Grizzly Couloir Attempt   

No summit so lets call this conditions report . . .

Attempted the Grizzly Couloir on Sunday, 6 June but struck out due to the soft snow that filled the upper valley. Simply too warm of a night before to score a freeze so we turned in lieu of another mile of post holes and a couloir filled with warm snow.

No lack of camp sites along the approach road, road mostly dry to trailhead, no snow just some wet due to roadside melt. Trailhead to first main change of direction was snow free but for a drift here or there. At first major turn snow started, very little able to support our weight. Crossed stream at that point . . . mistake due to willow hell that followed. Made next turn and bagged approach due to crotch deep post holing in rotten snow. Truck at 6 and back by 10.

The usual trip narrative can be found at Grizzly Peak

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  • Comments or Questions (3)
kaiman

Ahh postholing!     2010-06-09 07:40:13
I drove past Lincoln Creek on my way to Lost Man/Midway Pass a couple days ago and thought for a moment about attempting to hike up to Grizzly Lake but it sounds like it may not have been worth the effort.

For what it‘s worth, I ended up in a similar state at about 12,500 feet on top of Midway Pass and had to turn around as well. Still plenty of wet/melting snow in the high country...


Presto


Nice ...     2010-06-09 14:43:31
Love the food details, and your always colorful way of presenting a trip report. Better luck next time ... thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Wyoming Bob


Thanks Kaiman & Presto     2010-06-10 19:32:10
Thanks all, was one of those ”well we tried” trips . . . Bob lamented the turn around untilI reminded him that he did not have to cook and when was the last time he had a bear set the track through snowdrifts for him!



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