|Peak:||Mt. Meeker (13er)|
|Date of Info:||09/02/2018|
Ascended and descended the iron gates route with 14ers.com member r_grizz on 9/2. Didn't get any good shots of the knife edge but this part of the route is in good condition and was free of lingering moisture. Rock is very solid and of good composition. There is a tricky down climb to gain the knife edge that required a couple of moves.
Small amounts of graupel and verglass are lingering in the shady areas around the ridge and just below the entrance to the knife edge but these are entirely avoidable. You can see that temps are dropping at night. There is a section while gaining the ridge about half way to the iron gates where the rock is pretty unstable. Use caution in this area as almost everything moves here and descending was treacherous.
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