Album: White Mountain - West Ridge Winter Dayclimb


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
1/17/2009 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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1/17/2009 4:15:23 AM
Start time: 4:15am (4:25am if counting the fact that I had to hike back to the car to get something I forgot) 
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1/17/2009 5:10:48 AM
Cell/radio hut at 6070 feet 
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1/17/2009 6:43:38 AM
 
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1/17/2009 6:59:39 AM
Looking up at the scree slope above 9000 feet. 7:00am. 
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1/17/2009 7:02:51 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:03:01 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:03:29 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:03:53 AM
Mount Tom at sunrise 
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1/17/2009 7:04:12 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:04:22 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:04:54 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:05:18 AM
Look closely and you'll see an interesting effect with lines of shadow in the sky coming off the center peak 
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1/17/2009 7:05:30 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:06:53 AM
Scree slope at 7000 feet 
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1/17/2009 7:10:40 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:26:16 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:32:12 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:38:44 AM
A vehicle coming up the Millner Creek road. 7:38am. 
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1/17/2009 7:50:31 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:50:39 AM
 
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1/17/2009 7:50:43 AM
 
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1/17/2009 8:12:01 AM
 
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1/17/2009 8:30:29 AM
 
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1/17/2009 8:30:32 AM
 
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1/17/2009 8:49:18 AM
 
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1/17/2009 9:04:49 AM
 
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1/17/2009 9:09:10 AM
 
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1/17/2009 9:14:32 AM
 
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1/17/2009 9:27:35 AM
 
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1/17/2009 9:27:37 AM
The dreaded scree slope above the 11,000 foot saddle 
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1/17/2009 9:36:45 AM
 
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1/17/2009 9:37:54 AM
Saddle at 11,000 feet 
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1/17/2009 10:07:29 AM
 
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Start of the scree slope at 9000 feet 
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1/17/2009 10:19:35 AM
 
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1/17/2009 10:25:02 AM
 
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1/17/2009 10:37:12 AM
 
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1/17/2009 10:37:17 AM
 
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1/17/2009 10:50:31 AM
This photo pretty much sums it up 
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1/17/2009 11:00:14 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:00:18 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:00:22 AM
Oh yeah! Bring it on!!! 
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1/17/2009 11:12:57 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:26:20 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:31:28 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:31:30 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:45:08 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:49:16 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:49:21 AM
Looking down at the northern (right) and southern (left) branches of the West ridge 
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1/17/2009 11:49:47 AM
11:49am and summit hut in sight (but still a long way off) 
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1/17/2009 11:50:02 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:51:02 AM
 
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1/17/2009 11:55:04 AM
 
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1/17/2009 12:01:56 PM
Approaching the class 3 section of the ridge around 13,000 feet 
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1/17/2009 12:02:04 PM
 
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1/17/2009 12:07:04 PM
 
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1/17/2009 12:14:04 PM
 
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1/17/2009 12:16:16 PM
Three bighorn sheep. I spotted two more about an hour later. 
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1/17/2009 12:16:24 PM
 
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1/17/2009 12:16:32 PM
 
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On the ridge above 13,000 feet 
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Easy class 3 
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1/17/2009 12:48:07 PM
 
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1/17/2009 12:50:05 PM
 
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1/17/2009 12:56:14 PM
 
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1/17/2009 1:05:45 PM
 
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Looking back at the class 3 section of the ridge 
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1/17/2009 1:17:34 PM
 
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1/17/2009 2:00:55 PM
 
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Before making the final push to the summit I got stopped for a minute or two above a gap on the ridge. Turns out this problem can be bypassed on the north side but I opted to downclimb thru a small class 3/4 chimney. 
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1/17/2009 2:05:27 PM
 
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1/17/2009 2:05:35 PM
 
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1/17/2009 2:11:09 PM
Doesn't look like much in the photo but I climbed down the minor chimney in the middle 
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Just a little further ... and loose till the end 
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1/17/2009 2:32:23 PM
Summit time: 2:32pm 
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View to the North 
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All the registers are full. Someone needs to bring a new one up. 
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Time to descend 
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It's gonna be dark soon! 
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Nice colors at sunset 
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1/17/2009 5:23:14 PM
9000 foot saddle. 5:23pm. Only about 10 minutes of light left. 
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Point 11,395 
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Scree slope in the dark - much much worse than I expected 
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Old satellite dish next to the cell station 
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End time: 10:15pm. Total time: Approx 18 hours 
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1/18/2009 8:47:11 AM
Next morning shots of White Mountain 
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