Having been in to Sloan several times before I can say I have the approach hike all figured out now. We followed the creek to the waterfall, quickly up the lower headwall to the Lower Ault Lake, up the creek a ways and then up pumice slopes to the campsite at the upper lake. It was a bit too late to get in any extra climbing so instead we had a swim in the lake, took naps, hiked over to boulder, and so on. The wasp nest was gone from Steve's boulder problem, by the way.
Up not so early the next morning. Mer had a hole in her Thermarest and was a bit grumpy in the morning until her coffee was brewed. Then it was time to rack up, grab packs and begin the approach. It was an absolutely stellar day with bluebird arch and shining lake water, little clouds drifting by and so on. A brief cold front overnight had not rained on us but had freshly snowed on Big Dog in the Shulaps Range. This snow melted away as the day went on, every time we looked over at it, it was less and less there until it was finally gone. A snowflake in July has a rough and short life.
After hiking past and rejecting every other rib on the face we decided to climb the leftmost one. This is two gullies left of the normal scramble route and is distinguished by a little pinnacle at its lower... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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