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 Peak(s):  Gladstone Pk  -  13,913 feet
 Post Date:  06/16/2011
 Date Climbed:   05/06/2011
 Posted By:  Mad Mike

 Gladstone's Southeast Ridge   

This is not much of a trip report. I just thought some pictures and a quick description of this route might be helpful in case someone else is thinking about attempting Gladstone from the Slate Creek drainage.

I read a report about the Box Car Couloir and thought it would be fun to climb Gladstone from the same approach. I couldn't find any information on this route, but from Google Earth and topo maps, it looked possible to gain the Southeast Ridge on snow.

I was right. There is an obvious couloir that leads to the ridge...it starts around 12,800'. As I was heading up, I started to realize that the ridge was going to be tougher than I expected. I saw the tower that stopped me as I was climbing up the coiloir...had a bad feeling about that thing. I just didn't feel comfortable climbing it in ski boots and without a rope for the return trip. The snow that is in the left of the tower picture is not an option...it looks like it might be in the pic.

Evidence...

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View from Cross Mtn Trailhead


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Upper Slate Creek


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That's one bad ass tree


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The route to the Southeast Ridge


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Looking down from the top of the couloir


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Tower on the ridge


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Looking back down the ridge at my skis and the ridge to Cross Mtn


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Not today


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The first few turns were a little intimidating


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Slate Creek...don't be tempted to follow the creek all the way down...not fun



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (1)
Marmot72


Thanks for the report     2011-11-16 00:16:56
There's little on Gladstone...I got stormed off the Bilk Creek approach in 2010 at like 10:45 am -- ridiculous! - anyhow, great pics and I love to see someone out there, finding new routes.



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