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Prusik Peak/West Ridge

Our party of six successfully climbed Prusik Peak / W Ridge on June 22nd. We secured permit for overnight camping in Snow Lake zone for 06/21-22. We started at the Snow Lake trailhead (elev 1400ft) on Sunday morning (06/21 9:30am). After hiking at gentle pace and enjoying trail in great summer conditions for approx 8 miles, we setup camp at Upper Snow Lake camping area (5400ft). We left camp at 4:30am on Monday (06/22) morning towards Prusik Pass staying on the trail until Lake Vivian. After an easy scramble to the base of the climbing route through Prusik Pass, we started on the route around 8am. Everyone in our climbed the route at a gentle pace, soaking in the views and enjoying top quality rock/route. We had the route to ourselves until the fourth pitch when a fast moving team of two breezed past us using the off-width variation on W Ridge. Rappels took a bit longer and we were hiking out by 3pm. Weather system started to move in a bit earlier than what was in the forecast, but we were safely hiking back to the camp at that point. We left our camp site at 6:30 pm and got back to the cars at 10:30pm. Approach and hike out from Snow lake approach is rather long compared to Stuart Lake trail / Aasgard. Overall a great team and wonderful climb!

 

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Brian Starlin
Brian Starlin says:
Mon, May 23, 2016 11:48 AM

<p>Our party of six successfully climbed Prusik Peak / W Ridge on June 22nd. We secured permit for overnight camping in Snow Lake zone for 06/21-22. We started at the Snow Lake trailhead (elev 1400ft) on Sunday morning (06/21 9:30am). After hiking at gentle pace and enjoying trail in great summer conditions for approx 8 miles, we setup camp at Upper Snow Lake camping area (5400ft). We left camp at 4:30am on Monday (06/22) morning towards Prusik Pass staying on the trail until Lake Vivian. After an easy scramble to the base of the climbing route through Prusik Pass, we started on the route around 8am. Everyone in our climbed the route at a gentle pace, soaking in the views and enjoying top quality rock/route. We had the route to ourselves until the fourth pitch when a fast moving team of two breezed past us using the off-width variation on W Ridge. Rappels took a bit longer and we were hiking out by 3pm. Weather system started to move in a bit earlier than what was in the forecast, but we were safely hiking back to the camp at that point. We left our camp site at 6:30 pm and got back to the cars at 10:30pm. Approach and hike out from Snow lake approach is rather long compared to Stuart Lake trail / Aasgard. Overall a great team and wonderful climb!</p>