The trail to Taylor Creek campsite cruises just right in the dark and then the Tantalus lights up in the wee hours from the Black Tusk meadows. . Time can be made on this trailed portion and fine early morning vistas are superb. Helm Lake provided coloured excitement, then Gentian Peak and Pass. I repeated the hike up Polemonium Ridge(as per Castletowers route). Here I needed to tape feet in an effort to control hot spots. I had chosen light hikers and not my heavier leather climbing boots as a way to control weight on this long day trek. I taped and taped some more in an effort to keep my feet functional. Good old duct tape! It seemed to do the trick.
From about 7500' on Polemonium Ridge I dropped down to a bench area leading to the glacier I would have to access. This glacier was relatively easy to traverse in a mildly rising tangent towards Mt. Carr. With the light hikers and no crampons I was just able to gain the softer snows above the firn line where the glacier was also flatter. I was hot and tired on this last couple of hours and was concerned the day was getting on! I wrestled with second thoughts about the advisability of continuing. My turn around time of about 2pm was in a race with the my arrival at the peak. However, why come all this way and then turn around 1 hr. from the Peak?! I didn't think I would allow myself to abort now but it... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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