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Ascent to Heavens Peak-large slabs just below summit block on 2010-08-12

Climber: Anders Olson

Others in Party:Sean Doyle
Kent Lockman
Tyler Haasch
Ely Behrhorst
George Handuc
Date:Thursday, August 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Heavens Peak - large slabs just below summit block
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:8600 ft / 2621 m
    Remaining Elevation:387 ft / 118 m (7% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Knockin' on Heaven's Door... Ascended a large, rushing drainage from Going-to-the-Sun Road amidst overcast conditions. Clawed our way uphill and eventually reached an impressive series of snowfields and moraines near the cloud line. Ascended to the top of the Glacier Wall via a very loose Class III gully. Followed ridge until reaching the massive, parking lot sized slabs on the east face. We tried to ascend further, but terrain was too slippery, and with poor visibility we decided to turn around. Just as we finished descending the loose gully off the Glacier Wall, a brief hail storm further solidified our sound decision to retreat. Bushwhacked down through the forest and drainage back to our starting point. An epic failure!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5100 ft / 1555 m
    Route:East Face
    Trailhead:Going-to-the-Sun Road  3500 ft / 1066 m
    Grade/Class:Class III
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe



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