Ascent of Spirit Mountain on 2010-11-27

Climber: Bryan Cox

Date:Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Spirit Mountain
    Elevation:4823 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

OK - so I'm still learning how to properly plan a climb.
I had studied a trip report by Bob Burd, and thought I knew the correct route.
My son and I followed what I thought was the correct ridgeline.
I should have realized that there was a problem when we couldn't find cairns. However, we pressed on to a lower ridgeline.
We were unable to traverse the ridge to the summit. The ridge topped with pinnacles and crevasses, and I didn't feel that it was safe to proceed on the ridge.
So, we decended and traversed to try and find a trail, or at lease cairns.
We found the trail and cairns !!
Sadly, it was late in the day. I worried that if we pushed to the summit, we risked a decent in darkness. For this rugged/rocky terain, a decent in darkness wouldn't be safe.
I saved the trail location in my GPS.
I'll be back !!
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