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#52218 - 09/18/17 01:54 PM Miter Crabtree Pass to Whitney 9/11
Harvey Lankford Offline

Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1004
Loc: Richmond, Virginia

Short story on a 5-nighter

Three of us went over New Army Pass to Langley trail, then down toward Upper Soldier but skirted around base of Major General into Miter Basin. Eventually over Crabtree Pass where there was a cornice on the south side but circumvented it. North side descending from pass was dry/no ice. Camped at large spot about 100 vertical feet above upper end of upper Crabtree Lake. Somehow I had overlooked that spot on 2 previous trips. How? Anyway, we wondered if the snow slope on the north shore of the lake the next am would be too dangerous ice. Yep. See photo. There a few prints visible from someone else earlier.

We had microspikes only, no crampons, ice ax, ice screws or ropes. After a few tentative steps on the ice, we decided a slip into the lake was too likely and fatal. Therefore, we climbed above the snow on the route shown here. Guess how long this detour took? I am not sure which was worse - going up or coming down. Distances are deceiving. We estimated exactly.

#52221 - 09/18/17 05:43 PM Re: Miter Crabtree Pass to Whitney 9/11 [Re: Harvey Lankford]
psykokid Offline

Registered: 07/28/15
Posts: 55
Loc: Pasadena, CA
We were at the top of Crabtree around 12:30 on Saturday when a couple came up and were debating on heading up through the cliff bands or descending to the lake and going up the sand hill from the far end of the lake. They chose the latter. The fellow cut through the middle of the snow field while the woman went up and around the snow field like you did.