|Peak:||Missouri Mountain (14er)|
|Route:||Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch|
|Posted By:||Matt Lemke|
|Date of Info:||03/24/2012|
Climbed Missouri Mountain yesterday from Missouri Gulch/NW ridge. Trail up the gulch was hard-pack snow below treeline. No snowshoes needed...microspikes helpful. The flatter area around treeline higher in the gulch had some areas of snow cover that induced post-holing but light stepping and some walking around these slopes minimized post-holing.
We went up the east slopes a little further north than the normal summer route because I liked those snow slopes better. There was a small rib separating two prominent snowfields that we followed and crossed snow here where it was shallower. Nice anf firm early in the morning.
We walked the riige for quite a ways heading over Point 13,718 and meeting up with the NW Ridge summer trail. The towers near the summit were fairly well covered on the south side requiring the direct traverse of the first one...some icy class 3 with decent exposure. The rest of them were easily bypassed on the south. The North face couloirs are on their way to becoming stable...barring any big April storms. They still looked a slight bit unstable and wet-slides would be the main concern. Post holing may also happen though.
The day was downright hot once the sun came higher into the sky. The snow we ascended that morning became a very delightful glissade/plunge stepping descent that allowed for a very quick and fun descent.
The last photo is of Longs...I just really like that one!
First one is of the N couloirs
Second one shows the traverse over the first pillar near summit and subsequent cornice crossing
Thirs one shows me with Huron/Apostles in background
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