Ascent of Mount Moran on 2018-08-17

Climber: Chad Christensen

Date:Friday, August 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Moran
    Elevation:12605 ft / 3842 m

Ascent Trip Report

headed to the park with the plan to climb the grand, couldn't get the permit to camp up there, so the back up plan was Mount Moran via the CMC. Picked up the permit pretty late in the day, so we hurried to put in the canoe and start paddling. As we paddled close to the pull out we were greeted by a bear taking a dip in the lake. We waited and observed for 10-15 minutes before the bear headed on his way. Then we started the hike up to camp, pretty uneventful, but consistently steep. Camp site was awesome weather was great. Realized before i went to bed i had forgot a belay devise. I was a little panicked but luckily my partner was well prepared and had brought two. alarm died sometime during the night, but we still woke up when other parties were getting ready, i think we started hiking around 4:30. Took a little route finding to find the start of the trail but once you are on it, it is quite straight forward. Down climbed the first half of drizzlepuss, then rappelled the bottom half. traversed the first bit of climbing in a pitch, then simo climbed most of the route, was going to swap leads but it turned out there was only a pitch left of climbing before we were comfortable to unrope and scramble to the top. beautiful views on top. Headed back down pretty quickly, scrambled a good way down before rappelling with two 70m ropes. we made our first rappel when we passed a guided group that was on their way up, Rappelling was a pain with the low angle, we had a rope get stuck once pulled which was a pain in the ass. By the time we made it back to the notch the guided group had almost caught up to us, showing that there is definitely a quicker way down than we took. climbing back up drizzlepuss is not too bad but we were beat down and tired so it felt harder than it was. Hike back down to camp was pretty uneventful other than running out of gas in the tank. Got to camp broke down and started the hike to the canoe. Once we could see the canoes we were thinking that we saw the bear down there, still had the bear we saw earlier in our mind. As soon as we decided that was not a bear we heard a stick break not 30 yards next to us and sure enough there was a bear there eating some berries. This time not in the relative safety of the canoe we quickly but cautiously put some distance between us and the bear. Made it back to the canoe and paddled back to the car.

Overall a great trip.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
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