2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:42 am

Thanks all!
You have no idea how much fun I had.
I ended up going to the GMS spaghetti picnic at Swiftcurrent.
Didn't get home till 11:30PM so like a 20 hour day.
Gotta go to work. I'll be back with a trip report.
I'll also give y'all some info on travel times and road info.
Spoiler alert:
The Bad news is: There are 9(nine) small construction areas on the West side between Apgar and The Loop.
But there is good news as well 8)

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This is part of that traverse on the North face. It's pretty much like you see the entire way across. I'll improve this pic later in the TR.
It's not much more than a typical goat trail running along the bottom of those vertical cliffs. "Sidewalk" indeed! 8)

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby here-we-go » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:28 am

It is in these circumstances that I could probably ask dozens of questions (I LOVE to learn about process), but the first one is: at what point does a face like this move from non-rope to rope? I mean, this looks like you should be using more than just careful footing (to me, the non-climber).

Truly amazing.
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby Carol Lynn » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:10 am

Yikes :shock:
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:16 pm

here-we-go wrote:It is in these circumstances that I could probably ask dozens of questions (I LOVE to learn about process), but the first one is: at what point does a face like this move from non-rope to rope? I mean, this looks like you should be using more than just careful footing (to me, the non-climber).

Truly amazing.


First, you should know that I'm no "mountaineer" and not qualified to answer that question other than to give you my opinion.
And I'll try to answer anything you ask if I can. People should ask questions. If you are serious about doing 'hikes" like this, I would encourage you to join GMS and/or a local club. Get someone who is qualified to help you the right way 8)

Most everything I know I have learned was by the, "By Guess and By Golly" method.
Not the best way. :)

I don't believe a rope belay would be necessary on a section like that. It would be time consuming for one thing--at least I think it would.

The elevation gain as you traverse across that particular face is pretty gradual. The goat trail is reasonably good albeit narrow with a few spots where you want to be very careful about your foot placement.
The entire mountain is covered in loose scree of varying size and shapes. You'll see and hear what I mean in the helmet cam video when that's posted.
Walking on that stuff can be challenging at times.
One of the worst surfaces to walk on is when you have a hard rock surface that is covered with a thin layer of small scree.
Really tricky when the surface slopes "down hill" when traversing a steep exposed slope.
The scree acts like "ball bearings". Your foot and slide and lead to a fall. Not good, and there were places like that.
I have some of that on helmet cam.
Some people with good balance and strong legs and get over spots like that with relative ease. Not me 8)

Then there are sometimes rock formations that protrude out from the face. Gotta watch for those--another reason for a helmet.
The key is going slow and paying close attention to where your walking. Duh 8)
Scan ahead a little for potential hand holds if needed when it gets real "skinny or thin".

Some recommend "not looking down".
Well, imo, there's looking down, and then there's looking down.
You have to look down to see where you're going.
That said, you don't want to find yourself "staring" down.
That may lead to being mesmerized and lead to a fall.

I look down all the time because I love the view(s) as well as watching where I'm going.
Not good to gawk at the scenery when "moving" though---that's dangerous. Stop moving, THEN look.

Hope all that helps.

Pics coming up

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:17 pm

Carol Lynn wrote:Yikes :shock:


:arrow: :)

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:28 pm

Ok
I'll post the first batch pictures and then do my narrative afterwards when all the pics are up.



The climb begins at the bottom of this steep gully where it ends on the mountaineering trail. Hidden Lake below.
The gully is chock full of loose scree and rock of all sizes. We tried to stay on either side of the gully and climb in the ledges.
Walking up in that loose stuff is tiring.

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Red dot marks the approximate start.
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The view towards Bearhat from near the top of the gully
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A look back at the goat trail on the north face just before we reached the end of it where we rested a while and eat a snack.
Hidden Lake and you can see the mountaineering trail on the first saddle bottom right of frame.
The next few shots will be from that rest area which is where the trail goes around the mountain to the SE side. Great place to stop, rest, take pics, and have a snack.

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Hidden Lake with the "un named ridge" pointed right at Clements Mt. Oberlin just right of Clements. Mt Gould and the Garden Wall on the right. One of many stunning views in person.
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Shifting view to the right, the visitor's center is just left of dead center.
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Looking to the SE over the spur ridge that runs off of Reynolds. I hiked out on that ridge during the 2015 Reynolds Fire. It's a nice hike with different looks at places.
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Shifting a little left of the above pic...St Mary Lake with part of Heavy Runner on the left
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Another view over the spur ridge. Blackfoot Glacier in the distance. Twin Lakes below right.
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Farther to the right. Fussilade on the left Gunsight Mt and Sperry Glacier center. Dragon's Tail right.
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Nice look at the Dragon's Tail's SE side. Edwards behind it on left. Mt Brown and Little Matterhorn right
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Nice look at Gunsight Mt and Sperry Glacier
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A couple more of the Dragon's Tail---a great name for it, isn't it? :)
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And finally we made the top a little before 1PM
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Try to get the rest posted in the AM and work on the video.
I have some good video from Helmet Cam on the final short ridge walk to the peak.
Watching Helmet Cam might require taking Dramamine® for some of you
8)

later
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby ND » Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:55 pm

Congratulations Pete! What an accomplishment!!
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:56 pm

ND wrote:Congratulations Pete! What an accomplishment!!


Thanks Ken:

And it was a big deal for me. Make no mistake--partly for personal reasons.
I have a lot more self confidence now. I learned a lot from Ear Mountain.
Not so much anything that would be "news worthy" here, but very important to me.

However, Reynolds Mt. is climbed every year by probably 100's of people--some are just kids.
Most "average hikers" like me go up the popular SW Talus route.
But I feel pretty good knowing I got to do it via the Grand Tour route, a route which far fewer people do.

A NOTE:
I think Ear Mountain would agree that the Grand Tour route should not be attempted unless done with a partner who knows the way well.
Since it is not used nearly as much, good route finding skills are required.
There are parts of the route all along the way where no "trail" as such exists, or is not apparent to the unaccustomed eye.
And there are lots of cairns all over that mountain.
Many of them lead to "nowhere". You really need to have a leader who knows the way.
I remember parts of the route, but I wouldn't try it again alone.

Thanks again Ken :)
Looking forward to seeing you guys in a couple weeks!

pete :wink:

PS
I'm working on video now. Hope to have some up later tonight.
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby NDjason » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:12 pm

Looks awesome! What's your next target?
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:22 am

NDjason wrote:Looks awesome! What's your next target?


It is awesome Jason!
I'm going to try Pollack on Sunday. :D
Gotta do these peaks while the weather is good.

Here is some of the video I have from Reynolds.
Sorry for all the "heavy breathing"; I guess that's what I get for smoking all those years :(

Here is the video on the way up beginning at the big gully where the actual climb begins.
Runs 8:45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiwg_pmTO78

This clip is "Helmet Cam" on the final few yards walking up the summit ridge.
Runs about 2:45

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li0m24ncPkQ

I have more Helmet Cam video coming, hopefully tonight.

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby ND » Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:46 am

Loved the video, Pete! Terrific views! It's fun to see what the climb looks like.
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby calicotraveler » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:52 am

I'm so glad you posted these videos! This hike has more exposure than I'm comfortable doing, so this is a great way for me to see what this trail looks like. Beautiful!!! :arrow:
The mountains are calling and I must go.
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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby Jay w » Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:21 am

Pete, Glad you got to climb with Mt Mountain. Quite a climb. Good on ya. (Old hat for Ear.)

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby PeteE » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:48 pm

Jay w wrote:Pete, Glad you got to climb with Mt Mountain. Quite a climb. Good on ya. (Old hat for Ear.)

Jay


Thanks Jay. :)

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Re: 2017 "Snaps" Around Glacier plus...

Postby Ear Mountain » Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:17 pm

Pete,
Enjoyed your photos and videos.
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