Ascent of Mount Merritt on 2014-09-06

Climber: Steve Sheriff

Date:Saturday, September 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Merritt
    Elevation:10004 ft / 3049 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed Merritt from Mowkowanis Junction camp which is well placed and somewhat easier to get permission to use than other nearby camps. Three parties were in camp for the ascent (all successful) that saturday attesting to the popularity of the peak and climbing in GNP.

We all independently elected to ascend directly from the head of Glenns' Lake (see GPS track) rather than use Edwards' route which takes one unnecessarily out of the way and requires a lot of extra traversing and brush. The ascent to the basin from Glenns Lake is obvious with easy cross-country through open forest and minor brush; exploit numerous game trails. Overlay the GPS track on Google Earth and the approach route/goal is obvious.

From the top of the talus/debris field (c. 7,500') stay out of the recommended gulley and use the minor ridge to the south (climbers' right). With a little searching it's 2nd class with a few 3rd class moves all the way to the saddle. From the saddle traverse above the Old Sun Glacier and ascend when reasonable; there's a few 3rd class moves here and there. I should have gone to the NE ridge sooner for a more aesthetic route. GPS says 6.6 miles RT and 5,600' total gain.
Summary Total Data
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Steve Sheriff
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