|Peak:||McHenrys Peak (13er)|
|Route:||Arrowhead Arete/Stone Man Pass|
|Posted By:||Cygnus X1|
|Date of Info:||08/01/2020|
We had a great climb on Saturday. Went up the SE ramp on Arrowhead and then up the Arete to McHenrys. On the descent we stayed high, well above the snow, following a climber's trail to the pass. However, on the descent the gully east of Stone Man Pass was still holding a lot of snow. We down climbed the ridge to the SE of the gully until we got to the choice of very steep wet rock or get out the spikes and axes and hit the snow. We chose the snow. Spikes were barely adequate as there were a few inches of slushy snow over hard stuff that was difficult to kick steps into. Axes necessary, crampons advised. Fortunately we only had to descend about 50-60 feet. Saw some others head all the way over to the saddle south of Stone Man to descend and it appeared they didn't have to cross snow.