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 Peak(s):  Mt. Massive  -  14,421 feet
"South Massive"  -  14,132 feet
 Post Date:  01/17/2013 Modified: 01/18/2013
 Date Climbed:   01/16/2013
 Posted By:  awilbur77
 Additional Members:   jswiftcervelo

 Massive - a 17 hour adventure   

This was a crazy adventure and honestly a borderline self-rescue on the descent on a impromtu bushwhack route not recommended by me or anyone else for that matter.

I post only because I hope someone here will learn from the mistakes we made.!/2013/01/mt-massive-17-hour-adventure.html

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  • Comments or Questions

Quite the epic!     2013-01-18 08:40:14
Glad everything turned out alright. Using an ice axe like a machete... trying to visualize that. Doesn't seem like it'd work too well but maybe I've got something to learn .


Wow     2013-01-18 08:47:43
Sounds like quite the day, glad you guys got down safely. Thanks for posting your story.


Backtracking     2013-01-18 08:54:02
Was going back the way you came not an option? What are the things you would have done differently?


Wow...     2013-01-18 10:09:22
that really puts the 2 hours I spent bushwhack/snowshoeing around on the lower slopes of Cosgriff in perspective! Winter climbs certainly do have a way of becoming more than you bargained for, it seems.

Congrats on making the summit and--more importantly--making it back down safely.

Kevin Baker

Heck of a story     2013-01-18 11:51:19
Everyone has screwups in the mountains, and it's good to see when people admit those and share so others can learn. I've certainly had my fair share! Bushwacking in the dark sure bites. Good for you for keeping your bearings and getting out of there safely.


Thanks for posting...     2013-01-18 13:11:43
I respect you for putting this up for everyone to read. Glad all turned out OK for you both.

Mountain Ninja

Crazy!     2013-01-20 08:34:11
That surely sucked! I'm glad you're alright, Adam! I hope you don't leave your house again without knowing your route beforehand. And I'm definitely guilty of lazily not checking my map/GPS until I was way off my intended route, lol.

Good job getting it done safely!


Glad you're safe!     2013-01-20 09:45:49
Holy crap, what an adventure-and ordeal--as was already said, kudos to you for posting this--a good lesson for all. I'm sure we can all relate to those ”oh s**t” moments. Good job keeping it together!


Winter partners     2013-01-20 10:43:59
As a few of you know, I am not a fan of hiking with big groups of people, and often will choose to go solo instead. Today was a day that I was tremendously thankful to have a partner with me. Josh and I both at times relied on each other during this ordeal for one thing or another and it really showed me the value of having a quality partner out there with you in the winter.

I Man

Wow!     2013-01-21 09:39:47
I told you Massive in winter is no joke!! Glad you got down ok. COngrats on a tough winter 14er summit. I will certainly never forget my own 17 hours spent on the Massives

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