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Winter Scramble - Mount Ararat (winter)

Great day spent scrambling Mount Ararat in MRNP.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • We found less snow than expected and didn't put snowshoes on until at about 4,700 ft. Kautz Creek  crossing was straight forward (some participants used traction for the  icy bridge, some didn't). Avalanche hazards  were negligible  and easy to avoid. We decided to traverse the  SW slope  and then  gain and follow the  NW ridge for the summit push. The snow pack  was hard for the last 400 ft and we decided to use the ice axes. Going up we all used snowshoes but coming down most of us switched to crampons  for the icy  section.

Party of 7 made it on the summit in 4.5 hours, spent 30 minutes  having lunch sheltered in the threes  while  wind was howling. We made it back to the cars in about 3 hours, right when the forecasted storm was rolling in.