Homies On Hayes — The Day Before The Climb

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 6, 2015      
Cooking breakfast in the new dome tent from Mountain Hardwear.

Cooking breakfast in the new dome tent from Mountain Hardwear.

It is May 1st and the first time we’ve left our little safe zone consisting of our massive tent and two bomb shelters. It’s been a super clear day at our basecamp for Mount Hayes, Alaska. The sun is doing an excellent job of warming us up as we put on our harnesses. Our down booties are swapped for cold stiff ski boots and puffy pants for shells. Looping a kiwi coil around and a couple butterfly knots in the glacier rope put on the finishing touches and we are off.

The foot or so of soft wintery snow that we landed on yesterday is now replaced with a nice breakable crust on the surface. We crunch our way a half mile or so up the glacier to the toe of our route to inspect the snowpack and get a closer look at our proposed route on Mount Hayes.

We are getting excited about tomorrow. It’s going to be a big climb of about 8,000 vertical feet, camp to camp, but everyone is fit. We will spend a good portion of today dialing in our packing and preparing for a fight the next day or two. The route looks insanely fun and exciting and I think we are ready, but this is the Alaska Range, so who really knows for sure. Mount Hayes will let us know tomorrow!

Rolling out of the tent around 730 am we got a super clear view of Mount Hayes and our proposed route.

Rolling out of the tent around 730 am we got a super clear view of Mount Hayes and our proposed route.

We talked about whether this guy is skiable. General response: not by us.

We talked about whether this guy is skiable. General response: not by us.

Skinning towards the face for a look.

Skinning towards the face for a closer look.

Skiable or not? You decide.

Skiable or not? You decide.

This brings back memories of the Hunter Icefall. No thanks.

This brings back memories of the Mount Hunter icefall. No thanks.


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3 Responses to “Homies On Hayes — The Day Before The Climb”

  1. Dave Field May 6th, 2015 10:52 am

    It would be cool to see a picture of the face with a red dotted line showing the proposed route. It looks like an ambitious and exciting project!

  2. jw7 May 6th, 2015 2:56 pm

    If it’s big and it’s showing even a sliver of white, then it is skiable. Getting up on top of the route is many times the biggest challenge in ski mountaineering

  3. jw7 May 6th, 2015 2:58 pm

    That icefall in the last photo looks a bit too fresh for my tastes though.

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