Trip Report    

Winter Scramble - Mildred Point

A great workout and team building trip when other venues were rendered inaccessible due to deep snow and excessive avalanche hazards.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Snow level of ~3500’ afforded dry/cold conditions as we approached the Rampart Ridge crest. Fresh snow depth increased considerably starting at ~4600’ to the summit which required frequent trail breaker swapping. Our route used a series of carefully chosen ridge crests to achieve negligible avalanche hazard in spite of high avalanche hazards elsewhere. The plateau at ~5500’ had some very deep wind blown snow pits where the summer stream normally runs that we easily avoided by going a bit further north to gain the ridge on the west side of this plateau. In spite of strong wind gusts at the ~5700’ crux (intimidating from below), the upper plateau at ~5800’ had very little. We opted to use the ridgelet east of this upper plateau to finally reach the summit.

A great workout with the team providing great support to one another to achieve our well deserved objective. Total trip time was 9 hours, with 6 hours for the ascent. Photos from this (and other) trips to this venue can be seen here.