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Shut Out on Mt Abbot

Postby ridgeline » Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:11 pm

A few wrong moves getting to the Ridge, Trailbuds rotator is done rotatin, Justin slipped, slid and stopped inches from being thrown from the mountain, dark clouds came over us. Time to get down.
It just wasn't our day.
Besides all the bad juju, there was plenty of water all the way to the base of Abbot, no need for crampons, I would take ice axe , may not really need it but just for insurance, a few good size rocks on the couloir so take a helmet.
Afew shots here http://outdoors.webshots.com/album/564192791DNeEcg
I had instep 4 pointers, didn't need em, boots would work fine here
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Had a bad feeling about the weather
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Went too high off the couloir, moving down to access the trail to the class 3 stuff Image



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Re: Shut Out on Mt Abbot

Postby giantbrookie » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:26 am

Seldom does it seem that an Abbot trip goes off without a hitch. I don't know how things are nowadays, but in '77 when climbed the thing, the summit register had the most consistently gloomiest tone I've ever read. To this day I've never seen a register with entries like that. The sunny jubilation that radiates out of most summit register books was replaced by emotions such as "why are we here?" and, most prominently "how are we getting down from here?" The only exception I recall reading was from some fellow who climbed the doggone thing in his basketball shoes! His jaunty concluding remark was something to the effect "Converse All-Star canvas high tops are the best". My own experience had moments that would have done justice to Clarence King's most hair raising accounts.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Shut Out on Mt Abbot

Postby quentinc » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:15 pm

When I climbed Abbott (from the west, and that was harrowing enough for me, especially solo), there was an entry in the register by some guy claiming to be up there with his 7 year old son. I was tempted to write "LIAR!" next to his entry. ;)
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Re: Shut Out on Mt Abbot

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:33 pm

Ridgeline,

Bummer you didn't make it. :-( Here's how we did it a few years ago: http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1049 ... 6011wNKfIP

A lot of loose rock.

Next time!
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Re: Shut Out on Mt Abbot

Postby madeintahoe » Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:48 pm

Ridgeline..Still a beautiful day it looks like....Mt Abbot will be there always. That is beautiful area of the Sierra I think.
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