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TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby orbitor » Tue May 27, 2014 4:30 pm

Detailed report is upcoming, but wanted to share a teaser from the 2014 Memorial Day weekend trip into Humphreys Basin.

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360° panorama from the summit of Mt. Goethe (13,264 ft) - highpoint of Glacier Divide

Basics:
Day 1 - North Lake TH to Piute Pass, down to Muriel Lake (base camp).
Day 2 - Muriel Lake to Goethe Lakes, over Alpine Col, traverse around Lake 11910 to south slopes of Mt. Goethe and scramble up a rib to summit. Reverse course.
Day 3 - Muriel Lake back to North Lake.

Hoping to get the full write-up done soon. It was an incredible trip.
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby maverick » Tue May 27, 2014 7:11 pm

Thanks for the teaser, looks like from the write up that it was a fun trip Orbitor, and
will benefit all those who wish to visit the area in the next couple of weeks.
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby DAVELA » Tue May 27, 2014 7:22 pm

omg,teaser is right!!that looks awesome...get those pics up...was there lots of snow on trail??
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby rlown » Tue May 27, 2014 7:33 pm

If i read this right, the lakes are still frozen up there at least at 11,500'. Was Muriel frozen?

Nice pic by the way. gives a great idea of what is happening now. Glad you had good weather to do what you did.

Snow on the trail doesn't really matter after Muriel. Cuz there really isn't one.
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby orbitor » Tue May 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Conditions

Trail:
From east - Passable to Piute Pass. Almost entirely clear to above Loch Leven, from there to the pass snowfields get progressively bigger, longer and deeper. Copious postholing from Piute Lake, and the trail is soaked in melt runoff making it super muddy and boggy later in the day.
Over Piute Pass west - Buried. Piute Canyon looked clear at lower elevations, but can't be sure where the trail is distinguishable again since we didn't go down that way. For the use trail to Muriel Lake I saw about a 20-ft section that was clear, that's it.

Lakes:
Loch Leven - clear
Piute Lake - 1/3 thawed
Summit Lake - covered in ice, but beginning to show thawing on the edges
Muriel Lake - frozen solid, tiny signs of thawing at edges (we were debating walking straight across, in the end we played it safe and circled the shores)
Goethe Lakes - frozen solid
Lakes in Darwin Bench - frozen solid
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed May 28, 2014 7:08 am

Orbitor,

Thanks for the report. Your information is very helpful.

Thanks,

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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby cdt7000 » Wed May 28, 2014 8:49 am

Looking forward to the full trip report. Were you hiking or on skis?
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby maverick » Wed May 28, 2014 9:53 am

Hi Cdt7000,

Welcome to HST! Hope to see your TR's, and read your contribution in the future. :)
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby rlown » Wed May 28, 2014 9:56 am

orbitor wrote:Lakes:
Loch Leven - clear
Piute Lake - 1/3 thawed
Summit Lake - covered in ice, but beginning to show thawing on the edges
Muriel Lake - frozen solid, tiny signs of thawing at edges (we were debating walking straight across, in the end we played it safe and circled the shores)
Goethe Lakes - frozen solid
Lakes in Darwin Bench - frozen solid


Thank you for this information and your panorama. Helps tons for my planning.

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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby Mradford » Wed May 28, 2014 2:59 pm

Can't wait for the rest!
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby cgundersen » Thu May 29, 2014 10:21 am

hi orbitor,
I'm assuming you got a reasonably early jump over Alpine on your climbing day, but how was it on the return: could you just follow the same path without post-holing? And, was it soft enough to glissade in either direction? Maybe the photos will tell?
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Re: TR: Mt. Goethe and Alpine Col via Piute Pass, 24-26 May 2014

Postby orbitor » Thu May 29, 2014 10:26 pm

It's been a tough short week so far. Thanks everyone who commented. My best chance of getting the TR done is tomorrow, so keep an eye on this thread. We have photos uploaded to various sites, so I can readily link to those.

To address some of the questions asked:

cdt7000 - Method of travel was foot. I'm not a skier, but would think the snow is too soft for that and not enough coverage in key places.

cgundersen - Alpine Col was very soft in the afternoon. We followed our own track back and postholed significantly on both sides of the divide. Especially worrisome were the sections right on the edge of the water - Lake 11910 on the south and the large Goethe Lake on the north. Went in to my hips a few times, requiring a lot of effort to escape. We didn't try glissading because we couldn't tell how deep the snow really was and rocks were sticking out all over the place.

rlown - The photos will make things a lot clearer.
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