Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
Date Posted:  06/10/2013
Modified:  06/11/2013
Date Climbed:   06/09/2013
Author:  Jessica Rinehart
 Mt Massive - Southwest Slopes  

We climbed Mt Massive on 6/9/2013. We arrived around 6 am and it took us around 7 hours on the southwest slopes route. The road was in decent condition, though i definitely recommend a vehicle with clearance. My 4-runner narrowly cleared a few large dips and rocks. After the rock fall section, it was difficult to identify the designated trail and we did not see many cairns or other climbers. Snow was still hanging around at about 12,000 and was hard and slippery in the morning and VERY soggy towards the afternoon. One of us had good climbing boots for snow, and the other two had microspikes that proved very useful. My all-terrain hiking boots left me sliding around a lot. We used our ice axes to climb up much of the snow sections, though like i said, we lost the trail for a bit so we might not have been going the best route up. We glacaded 70% of the way down. Weather was pretty mild at the top just a bit windy as usual. I have added some photos for your reference. Though i apologize, i should have taken more of the route, just thought i should throw something up here since there weren't many trip reports when we were looking last week.

just before the willows section

climbing up one of the snow sections

At the summit

glacading down

snow too thin to glacade towards the bottom

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 Comments or Questions

think it will...
06/11/2013 22:19
Nice work -- think it will ski good this weekend?

Jessica Rinehart

06/11/2013 22:42
The record high temps the past two days lead me to believe there will be some significant melting this week. I'm sure there will be something to ski, I am just not sure how long your run will be. There were rocks exposed so bring some spring skis you don't mind scraping up a bit.

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