Peak:  Atlantic Peak (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  bangerth
 Date of Info:  01/12/2020
 Date Posted:  01/12/2020
 Details

The road from the highway to the mine is packed down hard by skiers and hikers, and can be traveled without flotation or traction. At some point, a snowshoe track goes branches off to the left and goes more or less straight into the gap between the Atlantic West ridge and Mayflower Hill. The track should now be in great condition and can probably be traveled with just boots by now.

The difficulty is how to get onto the ridge. We came down a different way than we went up, and there were also a couple of ski tracks, so the track branches shortly before tree line a number of times. On the way up, we stayed pretty much at the south edge of the ridge's end, which is somewhat windblown with some rocks exposed, but quite steep at ~45 degrees. It was a difficult way up. On the way down, we stayed further to the north, which has deeper snow at 30-35 degrees. Neither route struck me as particularly safe.

The actual ridge is very difficult with mixed rocks and in parts deep snow. It's also rather steep. Given the brutal conditions (wind chill around -20F or below), we only made it to ~13,060ft. One of us went a little further and reported hitting a large cornice that seemed impossible to traverse.




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