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Crocker Col

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:20 pm
by alpinemike
TITLE: Crocker col

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads from Pioneer Basin into the Hopkins Lake drainage.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2/3

LOCATION: John Muir Wilderness directly to the South of Mt. Crocker. HST Map

ELEVATION: 11,940

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Abbot

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The East Side of this pass contains a more or less permanent patch of snow that will be ice ax and crampon/micro-spike worthy in early season. Since we went through here in late season there was very little snow to contend with. It is mostly a talus and boulder pile that is mostly stable. The very top of the pass is fairly steep and is loose dirt and sand, but overall the general difficulty is no greater than a steep Class 2 pass. Snow conditions will make it much more dangerous but also easier in some ways since they will cover up the talus and boulders.

The West Side of the pass is a system of granite shelves and talus that you easily navigate down into the Hopkins Lake drainage below. No issues were found here.
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