On Sunday morning we woke in dense fog and nobody was eager to get up early. During a late breakfast we discussed whether it was worthwhile to grope our way closer to the mountain. Then the fog lightened and suddenly Mt Sampson gleamed wintry white against a blue sky. We quickly got ready and rushed toward the mountain. In the excitement I forgot to take a picture. The sucker hole did not last long. By the time we reached the glacier the peak was in the cloud and at about 8000' so were we and it began to snow. At that elevation the snow was becoming too hard to kick steps easily. There was not much rock above us and it was becoming covered with snow. We had iceaxes but without crampons it was becoming risky. Because of this and the late hour we admitted defeat after a short uncomfortable lunch rest.
After that attempt, and the Easter blizzard attempt with R Tivy, Mt Sampson became number one on our most wanted list, but it was not until Sept. 1984 that we planned another... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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