We were off on a maze of logging roads by about 9:30 am. I was well informed about the access thanks to fresh information on bivouac.com. We proceeded to the terminus of Callaghan West FSR above an open meadow containing two small ponds. Beyond the edge of the logging slash is a creek. This creek flows from the North Glacier of Metal Dome. It is best crossed no higher than road's end. Once on the NW side of the creek it is easy to find a line of ascent parallel to it. Parties climbing the near side reportedly found themselves tempted to veer off SE up drainages of several small lakes in this tricky area of 'micro terrain'.
Greg had been here before. He approved of my choice of route as it avoids steeper wooded slopes and a head wall immediately below the glacier tongue by staying well to the NW. This deposited us painlessly onto a slight rise at tree line at 4500 feet, with great views of the route possibilities ahead. I believe it is possible from here (873-521 UTM NAD27c) to proceed toward Brandywine.... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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