Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
North Massive - 14,340 feet
Massive Green - 14,300 feet
Point 14,169 - 14,169 feet
South Massive - 14,132 feet
Date Posted:  08/23/2009
Date Climbed:   08/18/2009
Author:  Ken Dammen

 Massive Traverse  

I completed this trip solo. I started at about 0530 in the morning at the North Halfmoon Creek Trailhead. There were many low hanging clouds at the beginning of the hike, but no rain. I hiked up the good trail to the trail junction and located the sign. I turned right and started my hike up the steep rocky trail. The trail is in very good condition and was very nicely constructed. I gained the summit ridge and saw the signed junction to the South Massive Peak. I decided to summit the Main Massive Summit first, then look at the weather and decide what to do. I summited Main Massive and decided to head North on the traverse.

A few clouds started to move in and it started to snow lightly, but the weather looked like it was holding. I then hit "Green Massive". I then headed to "North Massive" I chose the left route or west side and it was class 3 with some loose rock and moderate exposure. I gained the summit, and signed the register. North Massive was the only peak with a register on the Massive Traverse.

I then moved on the Point 14,169. I then decided to go back and hit South Massive. The wind started to pick up, but I finally got to the South Massive peak. I ate some lunch and headed back down. I got to my car about 3:00 pm. I only saw about 6 or 7 other people on the mountain the whole day which was surprising. The traverse was fairly exhausting, but I'm glad I got to all of them.

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 Comments or Questions

08/24/2009 17:59
on getting all five in one whack! After S. Massive, you should have descended the ridge to hit the other unranked high points (or did you?).

Ken Dammen

08/25/2009 03:31
I had attempted Capitol on turned back due to bad weather (14 miles of hiking). I climbed and summited Castle and Conundrum on Sunday (another 13 or so hiking). Took Monday off, and did the Massive Traverse on Tuesday. I was ready to be done and have a beer.

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