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 Peak(s):  Eva, Mt  -  13,130 feet
 Post Date:  01/10/2011 Modified: 01/11/2011
 Date Climbed:   01/08/2011
 Posted By:  PDavis

 Mt. Eva, East Ridge   

I've been camping in this area a few times and saw Mt. Eva in the distance and always thought it looked like it would be fun to climb. The east ridge looked like the most enjoyable way to the summit except I couldn't find any info on this. Summitpost has a very brief description, but it seemed they didn't gain the ridge until the majority of the way to the top. So I asked on here for any info about it and thanks again to Doug Shaw for posting the pics of the side view of Eva for us. This was all I could find, but it was good enough to get an idea of what it would be like for us to attempt it.

The east ridge of Mt. Eva on the approach
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We took off early Saturday morning expecting that we would have to snowshoe all the way up Rainbow Road, but luckily it had been plowed about a mile up, which was a nice surprise.

Rainbow road
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We made good time on the road and were soon going across Chinns and Sherwin Lakes. Once we made it to the end of Sherwin we headed North up the slope towards Slater lake right below where we were going to find the best way to make it to the ridge. There is a class 5 headwall at the very beginning of the ridge which we decided to bypass on the left.

Tony with part of the east ridge in the background.
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Our route to the ridge took the wind swept rocks on the right of the tree up through the narrow gully. From there we stayed on the left side of the buttress all the way to the ridge top.
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Here's a cropped in view of the same pic giving you a better view of the route. This area was definitely the crux of the whole route
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Starting up the face
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It took over an hour just to get to the top of the ridge and once we did the weather started to turn. The clouds were starting to move in quick towards us and the wind was starting to pick up.
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From the picture we got from Doug I thought this area was going to be the crux, but we were able to bypass this section by crossing the snow field in the left side of the pic
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We took the rocks up on the right to the upper portion of the snowfield and crossed there. Luckily the snow was stable or this might have been a little interesting.
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Once we got past that, the rest of the ridge was pretty straight forward. There was some class 3, but the majority of it was about class 2.
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And the clouds continued to roll in
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By this point the wind was blowing extremely hard and it would push you to the side if you didn't brace yourself, but we just kept our heads down and kept on moving and soon we made the summit. To bad we didn't have a nice sunny view.
We were a little frosty
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We didn't take any pics on the way down cause the whiteout continued, but we had a solid day on this fun ridge,

but here's one more shot of Eva from the morning
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  • Comments or Questions
jameseroni


Nice Route     2011-01-10 22:44:52
Did you guys take the basin back down? Looks like an outstanding route. Shh, you're going to make it more popular! J/K, nice trip report.


Shogun


Yeah, I agree...     2011-01-11 18:18:52
...nice route, and nice report too. Thanks for sharing!


glacierPaul

plowed     2011-01-16 05:24:48
The road was plowed to that big house on the left just past a mile, by the owner and myself at Christmas. His waterline was froze, and we tried to have it thawed via welder, to no avail. I will be installing a heating cable in it this summer. Usually the road is not passible past the first 2 houses on the right.
At some point there will be folks living back there full time and the road will be plowed ”full time”. Nice report! Great pic's! My boy loves the reservoir, another great sledding area, besides the hiking.



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