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Gimpilator
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PostSun May 06, 2012 5:03 pm 
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Redwic and I attempted the west ridge of Mount Index last June as a day trip but we timed out in the saddle at 4900 feet.  This time we brought 5 friends and overnight gear as well.  We camped on the broad ledge at 4700 feet Saturday night.  We went up to the summit early Sunday morning to avoid avy danger.  Snowshoes were necessary.  All 7 of our group made it to the summit.  The bushwhack stole one ice axe from our group.  Please contact me if it is found.

Ledge Camp
Ledge Camp
Nearing The Saddle
Nearing The Saddle
Mount Persis
Mount Persis
Ridge Crest
Ridge Crest
Ridge Crest
Ridge Crest
Avoiding The Snowfield Traverse
Avoiding The Snowfield Traverse
Avoiding The Snowfield Traverse
Avoiding The Snowfield Traverse
Near The Summit
Near The Summit
Summit Cornice
Summit Cornice
Summit Shot
Summit Shot
Southeast View
Southeast View
Southwest Slope Of Index Seen From The Basin
Southwest Slope Of Index Seen From The Basin

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PostSun May 06, 2012 6:01 pm 
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We had a great team and a great time! Everyone worked very well together and contributed to the success of the trip. An early start was critical; if we had left camp 1-2 hours later, we probably would not have summited (and would have had problems on the return, as well). In regards to weather and snow conditions, everything worked in our favor at the right times.

It's nice to summit another one of the prominent peaks near my hometown. This was my 70th Washington P2K, my 98th USA P2K overall.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this trip a big success!

I Call This Photo... "Cool Anticipation"
I Call This Photo... "Cool Anticipation"
Camp Set... Time To Eat Soon!
Camp Set... Time To Eat Soon!
Tyler's & Ryan's Snow/Tarp Campsite
Tyler's & Ryan's Snow/Tarp Campsite
Nate Looks Forward To The Next Day's Goal
Nate Looks Forward To The Next Day's Goal
Looking Back At The Saddle
Looking Back At The Saddle
Final Slope Ascent
Final Slope Ascent
Reaching The Summit
Reaching The Summit
All Smiles At The Summit Area
All Smiles At The Summit Area
Second Time Was A Charm For Us!
Second Time Was A Charm For Us!
Post-Summit Gathering
Post-Summit Gathering
Recovering From Successful Summit
Recovering From Successful Summit
Descending Steep Upper Snow Slope
Descending Steep Upper Snow Slope

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PostSun May 06, 2012 6:03 pm 
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Magellan
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PostSun May 06, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Amazing get in those snowy conditions!  up.gif
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Bedivere
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PostSun May 06, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Wow, look at all that new snow!  Looks like it would've been good skiing.

Congrats on making it!

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PostSun May 06, 2012 7:40 pm 
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Congratulations Gimpilator, Redwic and the crew.  Good plan and great execution.  up.gif   Looks like you had a fantastic view from up there.    ~z
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PostMon May 07, 2012 12:26 am 
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That's the way to do it!

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PostMon May 07, 2012 9:49 am 
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Looks like you had a lot more fun that I did when I went up to Index. When I went during late September I considered it one of the most scum bag routes I have ever done with mosquitoes, slider alder, humidity, and all that bad stuff. Glad you guys made it.  up.gif  up.gif

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PostMon May 07, 2012 10:35 am 
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Is Mt. Index the one in picture 3 (of the original post)? In picture 12, I see some tracks in the lower left. What is the route up? Really beautiful pictures, thanks for letting us have a peek!
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PostMon May 07, 2012 12:48 pm 
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Bob2005 wrote:
Is Mt. Index the one in picture 3 (of the original post)? In picture 12, I see some tracks in the lower left. What is the route up? Really beautiful pictures, thanks for letting us have a peek!

GIMPILATOR'S PICTURE #3 (as shown on original post):
Looking at Mount Persis from Mount Index

GIMPILATOR'S PICTURE #12 (as shown on original post):
Looking back at Mount Index on our way out.

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PostMon May 07, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Awesome job on Index!! Looks like a good early spring destination.

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PostMon May 07, 2012 2:11 pm 
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Nice job guys! It was an amazing feeling standing on top of that mountain. I can only imagine how awesome it must've been with all that white! up.gif

Flow wrote:
Looks like you had a lot more fun that I did when I went up to Index.

Ouch Josh, ouch ... tongue.gif By the way, I'm still waiting for that trip report!

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PostMon May 07, 2012 3:27 pm 
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summithound wrote:
Flow wrote:
Looks like you had a lot more fun that I did when I went up to Index.

Ouch Josh, ouch ... tongue.gif By the way, I'm still waiting for that trip report!

You being there made it a lot more enjoyable.  biggrin.gif But you gotta admit the route itself was pretty lousy with the bushes, the mosquitoes, and the heat.  hmmm.gif

I didn't say I didn't have fun.  clown.gif Perhaps I should have worded it as "more pleasant".  wink.gif (the first time we attempted Index was a lot nicer)

Alright Zach, within the next few weeks I hope to post the trip report. I gotta lot of college and trip report stuff to post.  dizzy.gif

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PostMon May 07, 2012 6:49 pm 
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EastKing wrote:
Looks like a good early spring destination.

I am not so sure about that! We hit perfect conditions at the right locations and the right moments. It took a major combination of sun, clouds, freezing, thawing (but not too much), fresh snow, old snow, etc. at the times we really needed them. Still, we assessed every step along the way; safety was front and center in our minds. In reality, thanks largely to the rapid warming on the mountain, some of our route might not even be usable now. Having now been part of a successful summit team there, I personally would not recommend this peak as a Spring destination for most peakbaggers.

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