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Mount Chaval/West Route

Took the Jug Lk approach. A good fisherman's trail can be followed (3hr). From there it is cross country up brushy, forested steep slopes with some talus, but mostly difficult bushwhacking to a major saddle at about 5300". This is where we camped. The "ravine" recommended in one trip report was too steep without snow and in general I would not recommend this part of the approach when dry(4hrs). The next day we left early and started the ridge traverse on nice snow covered slopes. We reach a somewhat steep gully that lead down to the final slope and ridge to the summit. Here the sun was becoming strong enough to need sunglasses. One student realized they had forgotten their sunglasses and we were also thinking about the difficult return, so we decided to turn around. Indeed the descent was also time consuming taking as long as the ascent, despite finding less bushwhacking. This is a very strenuous climb because of the difficult terrain. My estimate for camp to summit time would be 2-3hrs.