Ascent of Anvil Rock on 2016-05-01
|Others in Party:||Jeff Edwards|
|Date:||Sunday, May 1, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9584 ft / 2921 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGorgeous Spring weather for a hike up to Camp Muir, unfortunately the weather wasn't so pleasant overnight!
We started hiking up from Paradise at 09:25. Taking our time with a slow, steady pace and several rest breaks, we arrived at Camp Muir at about 16:00. The 'trail' was pretty easy to follow: just keep going up and follow the tracks of everyone else that's gone that way recently. Snow was pretty soft & slushy due to the warm temps, but since the route had been pretty well packed down postholing wasn't too bad. I was carrying an ice axe and crampons, but never broke them out-- trekking poles were sufficient.
It was a busy day on the snowfield and at the camp: LOTS of skiers, boarders, snowshoers, and climbers out and about. Most of the crowd were day-trippers, but there were still quite a few other folks at the Camp overnight. I peeked in the climbers' shelter upon arrival: it was PACKED with people and gear. There were quite a few tents up too, some of which became damaged due to the fierce winds overnight. Oh yeah, those winds: what had been a nice, sunny and warm day quickly turned rather unpleasant as frost-bitingly cold winds came howling down off of the glaciers above the Muir Saddle. This continued all night long and all the next morning as we were descending , until we were almost all the way back to Paradise.
Other than not getting any sleep due to the cold and the wind, this was a great trip with outstanding views both ways. We also 'bagged' Anvil Rock on they way down. Looking forward to doing this one again soon!
|Summary Total Data|
| Quality:||9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Tent Camp|
| Nights Spent:||1 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Cold, Very Windy, Clear|
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