Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  05/28/2006
Date Climbed:   05/28/2006
Author:  jpengell

 Princeton - East Route  

For the first collegiate of the summer this one was a nice warm up. We set out from a few hundred yards above the radio towers on the 4x4 road about 5:30. The weather was typical for treeline on a morning in late May. We hiked up the road a little ways before we were greeted by an enourmous cairn that marks the turning point where the trail seperates from the 4x4 road (don‘t miss this turn). The hike from there was typical and fast. We were able to stay on a pretty good trail all the way to the saddle between ‘tigger peak‘ and princeton. Once there, we were greeted by the normal morning wind gusts that carried a cold bite with them. We picked and choosed our route from here straying from the typical trail that was on the ridge line due to the wind. We ventured more toward the center of the face to save on some morning wind burn. We summited at 2 minutes to 8 (by ‘we‘, I mean that my hiking partner summited first....she beat me to the top by a minute or two...good work Holly!)..The weater on the summit was beautiful. There are many shelters and spots to get out of the wind, and that is where we choose to take a quick break, grab some sun screen and take in the views.....After a quick lolligag on the summit it was time to get going. The descent was quick. We descended quickly to the main saddle and then it was smooth sailing from there. We were greeted by a number of folks that were on their way up, on our way down. We arrived at the car at 10 and ‘home‘ to BV by 11 after navigating the crowded 4x4 road. 8)

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