From the paved lot, have a good look at the Chephren massif and the long ridge that extends north into the forest, you are aiming for Epaulette lake which is just around the low point of the ridge. Enter the forest aiming NW towards the ridge Cross the Mistaya river early and bash through the forest until you reach a creek that rises steeply to Epaulette lake. The trees are spread out enough to make this section nicer than it could be. Once you join the creek you are on essentially a wide path which leads you up to the lake. [photo]valley.jpg[caption]Valley leading to final ascent to ridge[/photo]
From the lake a great vantage is attained, scope the route from here which goes up the hanging valley to the W, traversing under the large cliffs of Epaulette peak (the peak immediatly west of White pyramid). Cross the lake and meet up with an inlet creek that can be taken up as far as possible until a ramp is gained that leads you up to the hanging valley. Skin up the valley/gully feature for approx 420 m until you get to the first of two options that lend access to the summit ridge. We came prepared to do the "standard" ascent which takes you to the very back of the valley/gully until a 45 degree couloir can be boot packed to a col and eventually a plateau that takes you to the ridge. But, about 500m before this couloir, a way can be seen that weaves up broad couloirs and slopes, letting one keep there skis on the entire way, we did bot even put the ski crampons on.
[photo]wideopen.jpg[caption]Outstanding plateau after big climb up from the hanging valley, good thing we brought the... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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