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July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« on: 07/11/10, 11:09 AM »

For the second time in a week Keith Henson and I did a day circuit on the flanks of Rainier.  I thought I'd post the TR and he can add pics. 
We left Reflection Lakes with a light rock rack in addtion to ski stuff.  Continuous snow from the car.  Booted and skinned past the Castle saddle, along the ridge to the top of Foss Peak.  A marginal traverse along the W slope of Foss (will not be skiable in a few days) got us to the W side of Unicorn Creek, and we dropped in and traversed to the upper couloir of Unicorn.  Passed a couple of Mountaineers' groups, but saw no other skiers. 
We climbed the step above the col, then booted to the ridge and left snow tools.  The summit tower of Unicorn Peak felt about 5.5, and was "entertaining" in big duckbills.  My 30m rando rope just barely made the rappel. 
Fine steep turns, with suncups only below 6000', led quickly to the Snow Lakes trail and multiple hiking families in sandals.  Keith had brought light running shoes and left me in the dust/slush (Again!  Old guys haul ass!)  and had a ride back to his car.  Trail is bare from Snow Lake to the road.
Onshore flow kept the temps lower than 3 days ago.  Excellent high traverse.   Cool
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #1 on: 07/11/10, 11:29 AM »

Great day. Highlights:

Climbing the rock face with running water above the deep moat at the top of the Unicorn Saddle.

Watching Mack lead the summit block in Teleboots

Didn't use skins. Was able to climb in my skis really well without them, booted on the great snowpack, and took advantage of skiing the traverses without skins to make good time and use less energy

More pictures here without text and not quite completed

Also, some pictures from my outing with Mack on Dege on Wednesday


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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #2 on: 07/11/10, 11:45 AM »

Nice traverse.

Hey Keith, It had to be enjoyable watching Mack with his duckbills and hand brace be "on lead".   Wink

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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #3 on: 07/11/10, 10:34 PM »

 A new version of mixed climbing, Mack.  Nice work.  We were dodging wet slides on the Flett.   
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #4 on: 07/12/10, 08:50 AM »

A new version of mixed climbing, Mack.  Nice work.  We were dodging wet slides on the Flett.   
Can't wait to see your TR, Michael-you report inspired me to get in to the Mowich area w/Snowbell. 
Glad you didn't have to stand on the pedals for 5 miles!   Roll Eyes
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #5 on: 07/12/10, 12:42 PM »

Very nice Mack and Keith!

Thanks for the invite Mack. Sorry I couldn't join you. Looks like a fun day for sure.
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #6 on: 07/12/10, 12:59 PM »

Cool! I had a similar fun challenge soloing up Pinnacle a few years ago in my rando boots. Going up was fine, but I took extra care on the steep "3rd class" on the way down.
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #7 on: 07/12/10, 01:20 PM »

Ski boots work fine on rappel...I can bail in any ol' footwear.
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #8 on: 07/12/10, 06:09 PM »

this is great stuff!
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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #9 on: 07/12/10, 07:55 PM »

Peter and I skied the Unicorn on Sunday. We got a late start so didn't get to Snow Lake until 1:00. Were the only skiers/ climbers on Unicorn Sunday afternoon - I imagine that Muir was a little busier?
We booted all the way to the top from Snow Lake. We did have skins with us but for the most part, the slopes are too steep and the booting went pretty well. I have to say that the most difficult part of the climb was getting through the melting snow and rocks around Snow Lake. I stepped through up to my thigh at least 6 times.
The summit block stopped us. I looked at the route and then my ski boots and then the route and decided that it was harder than 5.5 with the footwear we had. Next time we will take a tip from your post and bring some gear for the rock part of the route. I did get to see a goat scamper by as I considered my boots/ the route/ my boots (photo below).
The snow conditions were good! Thanks to Peter's wax job (glacier wax with a deep profile) we were fast from the top all the way to the lake.


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Re: July 10, 2010 Castle to Unicorn
« Reply #10 on: 07/13/10, 05:25 AM »

Yeah, I busted through the snow down there by the lake as well. Ended up breaking the lower part of my whippet. (Fortunately Black Diamond carries replacement lower shafts.)

I have never understood why Beckey says that the climb up the block is class 3.
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