Climbing Conditions

Climbing Conditions

We climbed Recondite July 18 and Willingdon July 19.

Both peaks are bone dry, except for a seep of water on the cliff band of Willingdon that was iced up in the morning but easily avoidable. The fixed rope on Willingdon is in place, albeit faded and tired looking. I suspect it is still stronger than the anchor though.

Approach to Recondite was made via Quartzite Col to Devon Lakes, traversing over the SW Ridge of Willingdon at the 2900 m level and then descending the Clearwater Glacier to Martin Creek, to a camp on the north fork of Martin Creek below Mt Augusta. On summit day we traversed the col at the base of the SW Ridge of Augusta and descended 450 m to get to the normal SW Ridge route on Recondite. Return time to the Martin Creek camp was 12 hours. There are no major river crossings on this approach route.

The wildflowers are at their peak right now. As are the bugs when the temperature is up and the wind is down.

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