I've been interested in Cirrus ever since seeing it from Mount Coleman back in 2009 (my first trip with Eric). Mount Amery (another adventure with Eric) was also a trip that was inspired while ascending Coleman. Since then I've had a few friends climb Cirrus and they all seemed impressed enough that it was bumped up in priorities. Last year I spotted it again from Mount Cline and was determined to make it happen in 2014. My intent was always to do it in summer or fall since I wanted Coleman Lake to be melted for its views, but it didn't turn out that way. Reading Rick Collier's report (Two Attempts and One Success on Cirrus) made me realize how lucky we were to get the views we did from the summit, so maybe it's a better snow climb than summer climb.
The group met at the small pull off across hwy 93 from the access drainage at 09:00. By 09:30 we were grunting up the steep gully. I know people have lugged their skis up here, but we had snowshoes strapped to our packs, which makes for a much smaller / lighter overall pack. We stayed climber's left of the stream and avoided most of the difficult terrain before continuing to trend higher above... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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