|Peak:||Pacific Peak (13er)|
|Date of Info:||06/05/2011|
Route: Mayflower Gulch -> Atlantic via West Ridge (see mrickers' conditions report) -> Pacific -> Descent from Atlantic/Pacific saddle. RT ~ 7 mi. About 7 hrs at a comfortable pace.
Ridge from Atlantic generally has talus (2+) on climber's left and wind-hardened, varying-angle, stable snowpack on right. Snowshoes were not used on the ridge, but they were definitely needed in the Pacific Creek drainage. Ice axes and trekking poles were used. Crampons are unnecessary, but may aid an early, fast ascent from Atlantic. We climbed the notch to the NW for fun - snow is avoidable, but plenty of loose rock. Good cornices forming on the N. Ridge. Stuck to talus and margins of 40 deg snow gullies while descending west off the saddle - no instability noted at the margins. Major posthole in the drainage.
Obvious avy signs present beneath ridges. Stable in the morning; avoidable later.
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