Peak:  "Igloo Peak" (13er)
 Route:  North Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  06/16/2019
 Date Posted:  06/16/2019
 Details

There's a lot of snow between Independence Pass and "Igloo" and most of it is terribly suncupped and annoying to walk on. When you get close to the giant cornice about halfway along the ridge stay well away from it; it's actually pulling away from the ridge and you could potentially be walking on a cornice that could fall into Mountain Boy Gulch. There's a short section near the actual summit (not the false summit, which is Class 1 to get to) that turns into a bit of a snowy, posthole-d, Class 2+ scramble, but it's easily doable in just trail runners in current conditions. It's a couple of moves and then it returns to dry ground to the summit. If you plan on going over to "Mountain Boy Peak" you'll want to bring crampons; I went a good ways down "Igloo"'s west slopes (which are unimaginably loose) trying to find a safe place to cross over and hike to "Mountain Boy" but it was all moderate snow and my microspikes didn't feel safe enough. Crampons and an axe could have done the traverse. I probably don't need to warn since you'll take one look and agree, but stay off the connecting ridge proper, it's a death trap of exposed, incredibly loose garbage.



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