This is a non-technical route which is not surprisingly also the most popular one. Most people hike from Paradise info centre to Camp Muir where they stay overnight. Reportedly there can be long lineups to the camp which tends to smell of human junk throughout the high season. Fortunately we went later, and there were "only" about 50 people at Muir. One can also push a little further and camp at Ingraham flats.
We started at 5:30 a.m. - bit later than planned due to colder temperatures - and watched the sunrise just before the Ingraham flats. There were a few guided groups in the steep icefall ahead. The icefall was straightforward to get through because all crevasses were visible, but higher up they became too wide (more than 10m) and the missing chunks of the path made Upper Ingraham Glacier inaccessible. We circumvented them via Upper Emmons Glacier further N, passing two guided groups in the meantime. The third group was busy crossing a freshly grown crevasse after the guides installed a new ladder (many thanks!!). From upper Emmons the path is easy and the views magnificent. Claudia had a few bad moments before we reached the crater due to the lack of breath, but once we were there the enthusiasm took over. We crossed the crater and hiked up the ridge on the N side of it. There we met another triplet - and hey there were from UBC! Indeed, that day saw only a few summiters as all the guides turned back. All of us were from UBC and none was Canadian :).
The way back offers fantastic views in good weather. I recommend starting earlier even if the temperatures are low because the sun and exhaustion may cause headaches. It is a non-technical but a long route - a bit... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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