After a quick ride up on the Harmony Express we headed for the Musical Bumps. There were some nice turns from Flute towards Oboe, but we had to deal with a foot of slush when dropping down to the pass. From there it was a slog in a skin blistering sun to the Fissile-Whirlwind col, our destination for the day. There were only two other small groups on the trail with us, a group behind us and a group, which started a day earlier. But once we reached the col,we could see at least 20 people heading in our direction.
It took us 5 hours to reach the col, it was 3 o'clock and we debated if we should continue. We could see that the tracks leading towards the steep slope of Overlord were covered by recent slides, so we decided to stay and enjoy the rest of the afternoon . We could see the Platform Glacier and the Tremor-Shudder col, our objective for the next day. The rest of the crowd showed up a couple of hours later, but since we had the best camping spot they had to camp in the shadows of Fissile peak on the Overlord glacier.
The next morning we were ready to go by 6:30. We skied down Overlord glacier, passed the "city of tents" and started to climb towards a ridge separating Overlord and Fitzsimmons glaciers. According to Baldwin's guide, a route choice could be made there. One can either drop down to Fitzsimmons glacier and start climbing directly towards Macbeth... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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