The balance of the day was passed bushwhacking pretty well directly uphill to Zorah's southeast ridge. We bypassed Zorah by traversing its east-facing bowl, and set up camp near the pass beyond.
With a long day ahead of us, we got up early and followed the route as marked on the map. This meant losing some altitude here and there, but at least the overall distance wasn't great. We ascended Samson's steep south face, mostly kicking steps in the fresh October snow. This got us to Samson's lower west summit where we turned and made our way east across the ridge to the main summit.
We retraced our route to descend. Samson seemed a lot steeper on the way down, so much so that some of it was done facing into the slope. Back at the campsite, we packed up and headed back down to the car as dusk approached.
[photo]8410Samson_01sm.jpg[caption]Robin, Anita, Helen and Ann at our campsite. Notable is my green Swedish Fjallraven tent.[/photo]
[photo]8410Samson_02sm.jpg[caption]East from Samson[/photo]
[photo]8410Samson_03sm.jpg[caption]In between the east and west summits of Samson, looking west at the west summit. Tracks behind Robin indicate we had come down from the west summit.[/photo]
[photo]8410Samson_04sm.jpg[caption] Northeast from the main east... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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