Cirrus Mountain (Mount Huntington)


Trip Details
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Trip Date: 
Saturday, May 31, 2014 to Sunday, June 1, 2014
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Quick 'n Easy Rating: 
Class 3 : you fall, you break your leg
Difficulty Notes: 

Steep loose hike to base of glacier followed by exposed ridge to summit - snow makes this route much spicier.


Trip Report

As another weekend approached, the familiar email chains started to fly once again. Weather reports and routes were scouted and by the time the dust had settled there were 2 options remaining on the table; Mount Joffre or Mount Cirrus. Joffre was higher on the list (being 600 feet higher) but the weather forecasts couldn't quite agree on how much rain each area was going to get or when it was going to arrive and in what fashion (i.e. snow, t-storms or just a sprinkle). Given our dislike of crappy summit views, especially on peaks with tough approaches, we settled on Cirrus and finalized our plans.


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Wild stuff. I have always wondered what the peaks beyond the Weeping Wall looked like - and what stupendous views would open up towards the Columbia Icefield group. Now I have an idea.
Just like Forbes, this appears to be one of your more complex mountain ascents. Some serious ridge traverse in effect here. You have mentioned it could be done in a continuous push in around 14 hrs, by an experienced party. Agreed, as very strong hikers and climbers can make a push for it, but what use are trip where one is so completely fatigued and almost falling over, by end of day? My longest days have been on Chephren (13 hrs on the summit day, with subsequent hike-out), Mt. Edith Cavell (11.5 hrs with the hike out) and The President/Vice President (over 10 hrs) - I remember absolutely hating life for the last hour or two, on each of those trips. Also some seriously long days in the Yukon and Alaska trips.

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