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An Ascent of Cirrus Mountain via Huntington Creek
Timestamp Free: 2018.07.20 - 01:43:49
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / Canadian Rockies / Continental Ranges / Front Ranges / Cataract Group
  (2 days)     Elevation Gain: 2200m
Participants: Steven S, Ben N, Eric C, Vern D
Difficulty: 3: Snow mountaineering, easy glacier crossing. Some winter scrambling to the summit on the upper ridge.
A two day snowshoe trip up to Coleman Lake and then up the SE glacier route to the summit of Cirrus Mountain.
As another weekend approached, the familiar email chains started to fly once again. Weather reports and routes were scouted and by the time the dust had settled there was 2 options remaining on the table; Mount Joffre or Mount Cirrus. Joffre was higher on the list (being 600 feet higher) but the weather forecasts couldn't quite agree on how much rain each area was going to get or when it was going to arrive and in what fashion (i.e. snow, t-storms or just a sprinkle). Given our dislike of crappy summit views, especially on peaks with tough approaches, we settled on Cirrus and finalized the plans for that objective.

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...

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