G: Which stove did you bring B?
B: I didn’t bring a stove, I thought you were bringing it.
G: I thought you were bringing it?
B,G & D: Oh $h!t…..
Ever the optimist we started hiking up the cut block towards the ice, hoping we’d find running water somewhere. We saw one sub-adult black bear on the way.
We setup the shelters on a nice little dry spot in an alpine meadow. Waking at , we tried to find water, and were unsuccessful.
Time to regroup. Dana’s husband ended up bringing us a stove
At about we reached the bergshrund at 8700’. The snow was already feeling pretty sloppy. I was beginning to think that we would not summit. I volunteered for the first technical pitch and started up across the ‘schrund. Above the slot, I managed to find some good rock to build a anchor with some rock pro. I brought both seconds up.
All of us were now at the anchor, 500’ below the summit. It was a tough decision, but in the end we decided to bail. None of us wanted to go for a ride in a ground slide that day.
We did get some top notch shovel glisse on the way down.
We packed up camp, and walked out in the rain. There is still over 6’ of snow in the mountains of the