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Atavist Mountain - Northwest Side # 8889

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Date: 2006.08.12
Vantage Point: From camp in a basin southwest of Polar Bear Peak

Caption: The northwest ridge route of Atavist Mountain.

PhotoDescr: Taken from my camp on Day 10 of an 11-day trip into the Ape Lake area. I had just arrived at the basin southwest of Polar Bear Peak after spending the day trekking out from Ape Lake. I was about to climb Polar Bear Peak the next morning, and, with good weather continuing again, was pretty excited.

Atavist Mountain is a great choice for a scramble if enroute to or from Ape Lake. It is best approached from the 5200 foot notch along the Ape Lake route and south of the ponds which drain Polar Bear Lake. It would be almost entirely a rock route, as the visible glacier could be avoided, and there may be only a short section or two of snow slopes to cross if done in late season. It could also be approached from a camp at Polar Bear Lake (as could Polar Bear Peak for that matter) but looks more difficult from there, and there would be a crevassed glacier to deal with.

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