Originally Posted by dp
The Fryingpan Glacier is south of the Emmons, so we were on the opposite side of the Emmons. Where did you start from? Looking at my map it seems like you must have hiked in on the Wonderland trail. Glacier Basin is north of where you were, pretty much due east of (just slightly to the north and about 3500 vertical feet below) Camp Schurman. Oh- and looking at my map, White River campground is about 2000vert below Sunrise, not 1000 ft.
I wish I could get away for long enough to join you on Aconcagua! I have at least one trip abroad (Israel) planned this coming year, and I will not be able to get 3 weeks off in a row. Keep me informed of all the details, however- I can enjoy it vicariously! So far my climbing season, with the exception of the Rainier trip, has been non-existant. Too many Sundays on call, and no midweek days off. It has been a very busy summer with fewer staff than we anticipated. It is an absolute necessity to get an alpine start here, so my post call days are useless, as I don't finish call until 7am.
Man, David, keep your head down. That is a scary place to be these days.
I'm sorry to hear you haven't been able to get out as much as you'd like - I'm in much the same boat, I'm afraid. I dislocated my shoulder a few weeks ago which has really put the kibosh on a lot of stuff. I'm slowly starting to get back on the bike, but no hard climbing for some months yet and I can't carry a real pack, either.
Sux getting old. Also sux being responsible, although I guess that's the choice we responsible people make.
Yes, in fact we did go up the Wonderland Trail through Schurman... up the Fryingpan Glacier over the cleaver by Little Tahoma to the Football Field... we joined the Disappointment Cleaver route from there and did an evening summit - had the place to ourselves, which was cool. That was my first glacier trip and a big learning experience.TR here