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Ascent to Mount Moran-Top of Drizzlepuss on 2013-09-09

Climber: Lou Hibbard

Date:Monday, September 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Mount Moran - Top of Drizzlepuss
    Location:USA-Wyoming
    Elevation:11000 ft / 3352 m
    Remaining Elevation:1605 ft / 490 m (28% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

Tried to do the CMC route in a day with Scott Vanevenhoven - turned back by thick fog at technical section. Weather forecast was first good one in a few days or we wouldn't have tried.
Left at 12:30 AM on low moon phase night. Easiest way to mountain is to canoe, portage, canoe again, then hike. Thick fog on the lake combined with shallow rocks and total darkness made it surreal. Tricky finding start of route in darkness after paddling across the bay. Long hike in the dark - but now clear skys. Didn't find easy 4th class way to top of Drizzzlepus in the dark- went a wet, higher exposure way. Oops. Got to top of Drizzlepuss and now socked in with fog. Waited for an hour - getting worse. Bailed. If didn't have to do semi-technical downclimbing to get off route may have went for it. Mountain stayed cloudy all day on top - at times quite dark clouds.
First time in my memory failed on major route due to weather.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:15072 ft / 4593 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4072 ft / 1241 m
    Route:CMC
    Start Trailhead:String Lake  6928 ft / 2111 m
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way out:11000 ft / 3352 m
    End Trailhead:Top of Drizzlepus  22000 ft / 6705 m



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