|Peak:||Mt. Oso (13er)|
|Route:||Southwest Ridge from Rock Lake/Point 13,060 C|
|Date of Info:||07/19/2020|
From Point 13,060 C we descended south on nice grassy slopes towards the Mount Oso/"Mount SoSo" saddle. We spied another talus gully to the north of that, higher up on the ridge, and ascended that instead. It was basically the same exact thing, just nearer to us. There was a small snowfield at the top which was easily avoided. From there we ascended up more talus and crappy rock, some of it Class 3 scrambling and loose, to the broad summit plateau/ridge area. The scrambling can be avoided at about Class 2+ if desired, it's just loose junk like almost everything in this area. The summit plateau is a broad talus field that's easy but tedious to the summit. On the way down we avoided the scrambling by simply descending loose talus (appropriate spacing and/or a helmet is recommended), then went to the Oso/"SoSo" saddle instead of descending the gully we had come up. This was a bit further but easier and safer than descending the steeper ascent gully. There was some scrambling and route finding high up in the basin hugging below the ridge and over some ribs to the saddle, but nothing bad, probably Class 3 or so. We went down the saddle to the east and then back up the grassy slopes towards 13,060 C to the pass, then onward to Point 13,140 C and "Weminuche Peak".
Photos: 1) "Mount SoSo" on the left and Mount Oso on the right. The gully we ascended is left of Oso and capped with snow. 2) Traversing around after climbing the gully. 3, 4, and 5) Typical scrambling on the ridge. 5 (Garrett M.)) Summit plateau. 6) Talus we descended instead of the loose scramble. 7) Traversing around to the Oso/"SoSo" saddle.
NOTE: Since this was ascended a while ago and I'm just now getting back to internet, I've put today's date for visibility, since there hasn't otherwise been recent updates for the peak. I'll backdate this CR in a couple of days.
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