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Airy Peak - Northwest Ridge
Timestamp Free: 2020.11.24 - 21:45:48
Ranges: North America Ranges / Columbia Mountains / Selkirk Mountains / Valhalla Ranges
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 1600m 4th Class for about 50 m. Glacier axe was all we needed.
Grizzly Creek to Airy Peak in the Norns range.
[photo]20200629_120344.jpg[caption]NW Ridge of Airy[/photo] Left Castlegar at 5:30 AM and began hiking with Nick H. and Andrew S. at 7:30 AM from a spur on the Grizzly Creek FSR. Route stats included 11 km round trip at 1260 m vertical gain and and 11 hours car to car. Hitting this route with a couple meters of snow would be the most efficient approach in my opinion as otherwise there would be lots of talus involved. A very wet spring enabled good snow cover for easy travel, although it was thin and we were punching through. We hiked up into the bowl at the south side of Mt. Spiers. We then passed over a souther spur ridge to gain the main ridge connecting Spiers to Airy. We then walked/scrambled over easy ground to reach the NW Ridge. The lower sections of Airy held heather and krummholz, while the technical sections of the NW Ridge entailed what we decided was either old school Class 3 or Class 4 scrambling. We brought some technical gear (rope, small rack, crampons) but the route did not require it. Descended via the SW ridge and crossed the west face to regain our approach route back to the truck....
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