The DC is holding on. The number of independent climbers has dropped off considerably over the past couple of weeks. The scene at Camp Muir is a stark contrast to the middle of July. The smoke has cleared out and there has been a brisk hint of Fall in the air over the past few days. There are also several large crevasses around Camp, so beware!
|A large crevasse on the 'wind roll' near tents. |
The route itself is in late season condition and therefore a little more exciting than usual. There are several ladder crossings and hollow bridges to contend with, along with increased rockfall exposure. The guide services are still running successful trips and a handful of independent parties summited this week as well.
|Approaching Ingraham Flats. The Disappointment Cleaver is entirely melted out and the route ascends the 'spine' of the Cleaver to its top at 12,300'.|
As rangers descended the route on 8/28, guides were putting in a ladder above Ingraham Flats. This should help cut out some extra distance on the route as it was previously going high to end-run this crevasse.