Ascent of Anvil Rock on 2016-05-01

Climber: Rusty Sherman

Others in Party:Jeff Edwards
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Anvil Rock
    Elevation:9584 ft / 2921 m

Ascent Trip Report

Gorgeous 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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