Ascent of Symmetry Spire on 2013-07-27

Climber: Curtis Bowden

Others in Party:Weston
Date:Saturday, July 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Symmetry Spire
    Elevation:10560 ft / 3218 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked up Hanging Canyon from the String Lake TH. There's an unmarked, unmaintained trail that shoots off right after a few short wooden bridges. Its quite obvious, and well-trodden. A beautiful hike on an apparent trail took us up into Hanging Canyon, and we set up camp on the edge of Ramshead Lake around 6pm. We swam naked like it was the 1950s for a while, and then prepared dinner and relaxed with a few beers, kept cool by that very lake. We were planning on tucking in early and doublebagging Symmetry Spire and Mt. St. John the next day, but we were so energized and it just so happened to be almost a full moon that around ten we committed to a midnight summit. We departed super light at 1030 up the north couloir. A short scramble led us into the steep snowfield that occupied most of the chute. We chose to stay to the left of it as much as possible, barely fitting into the shoulder-width and -height hallway between the rock and the snowfield. Occasionally we had to fifth-class a short section of moves, or ease out onto the snowfield and ascend it. This led us to a sort of saddle at the top, from which a decent climber's trail took us to the summit out east. We arrived right around 11:45 and headed down shortly after midnight. A mostly-clear night with a nearly-full moon was absolutely spectacular and was one of the most memorable trips yet for me. This was also my first nighttime and midnight summit.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Hanging Canyon DB

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Symmetry Spire2013-07-27
2Mount Saint John2013-07-28

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