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Luna Peak - South Side # 7481

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Date: 2005.09.25
Vantage Point: From the summit of West McMillan Spire

Caption: The south side of Luna Peak is visible in the foreground, just right of center. Mount Redoubt is the high peak on the left, while Mount Spickard is on the right. The Mox Peaks are directly behind Luna and not visible. The Luna saddle is off to the left and gives access to Mount Fury, a long day from a camp in Access Creek.

PhotoDescr: This photo was taken while on a day trip into the Terror Creek basin of the Picket Range, via a trail starting in Goodell Creek. I had this view of Luna Peak after making the summit of West McMillan Spire.

The standard southwest ridge route is visible here and is gained by going to the head of Access Creek (a bushwack from the Big Beaver Creek Trail), and attaining one of the notches on the right (foreground). Note that not all the notches are visible here. But I believe the middle notch is the best choice and will be visible from below. Scramble this ridge to the false summit. A pleasant class 3 route.

Getting to the true summit involves a loose and scary (exposed) 100 meter traverse just below the ridgeline. There are several options apparently, but all involve horrific exposure and loose crumbly rock. (class 4).

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