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Darwin Col?

Postby Bluewater » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:42 am

While returning from a section of the High Route last week I met a guy who was scouting a route from Blue Heaven Lake (in Sabrina Basin) to Darwin Canyon via Darwin Col. After crossing several x/c passes this summer I'm psyched to try more, especially around the Darwin Canyon/Evolution area, possibly this year before winter kicks in.

There is very little info in Secor about this 'Class II Pass' and just a short mention of it on summitpost. I searched HST for 'Darwin Col' with no luck and it doesn't seem to be on the HST map.

I realize there is a wealth of wisdom and experience here on HST. Does anyone have experience with this pass? Any help would be much appreciated!

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Re: Darwin Col?

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:51 am

Some routes are just so rarely taken that you might as well be one of the early explorers when you take it on. If you get out there take plenty of photos and do a write up of the pass.
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Re: Darwin Col?

Postby Bluewater » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:19 am

RoguePhotonic wrote:Some routes are just so rarely taken that you might as well be one of the early explorers when you take it on. If you get out there take plenty of photos and do a write up of the pass.


Cool. Thanks Rogue. I was thinking you might be one of those early explorers. I better hurry and get out there.
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Re: Darwin Col?

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Re: Darwin Col?

Postby giantbrookie » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:15 pm

If that notch really went class 2 it would be a rather interesting route. The photo sure looks like class 2 on the east side, at least.

I can't say I've been that way, but I've always wondered if one could go WNW from the uppermost Schober Hole over the shoulder (rather than over the low point to the south)--surmounting the lower part on the east would be key. If that went class 2, then that would also be a way over, because I know everything above that lower band is class 2 on both sides.
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Darwin Col?

Postby Bluewater » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:56 am

Thanks Paul & giantbrookie. I had seen the pxt from summitpost but not the one from doors.stanford. It gives a much better view of the notch which looks similar to the loose stuff at the top of the east side of Frozen Lake Pass. Thanx for the photos and info re the area near Shober.
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Re: Darwin Col?

Postby Coops » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:04 pm

I went over Darwin Col last week. It is class 2 on both sides. If you're coming from Darwin Canyon, don't take the broad saddle, but rather the narrower scree chute on the east side. If coming from Blue Heaven Lake, the col is pretty obvious, but the chute is really loose and steep. More dangerous if in a large party, just tedious otherwise. I will post some pictures when I get them up tomorrow or wednesday.
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Re: Darwin Col?

Postby Bluewater » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:19 pm

Coops wrote:I went over Darwin Col last week. It is class 2 on both sides. If you're coming from Darwin Canyon, don't take the broad saddle, but rather the narrower scree chute on the east side. If coming from Blue Heaven Lake, the col is pretty obvious, but the chute is really loose and steep. More dangerous if in a large party, just tedious otherwise. I will post some pictures when I get them up tomorrow or wednesday.


Thanks Coops. I really appreciate your info about Darwin Col! I'm hoping to get out there in the middle of this month as long as this weather holds. The only pxts I've seen are from the Sabina side, and that chute looks just like you described it. Any photos would be welcomed:). Thanx again,

Andy.
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Re: Darwin Col?

Postby Coops » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:13 pm

Andy,

Check out this link:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8294

posted the TR with Darwin Col pics in the backpacking section.
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Darwin Col?

Postby Bluewater » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:26 pm

Thank you for posting your photos of both sides of Darwin Col. I will bring a copy of the west side detail photo to make sure I use the chute to the left of the saddle. Secor mentions that but your photos make it clear. BTW your Ladder/Ionian TR is beautiful. I saw those fall colors on the way down from Dusy on Sept 22nd, probably just missed you.
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