|Peak:||Pilot Knob A (13er)|
|Date of Info:||10/08/2016|
Saturday (10/8): Golden Horn, Pilot Knob, "V4" from camp at Ice Lake (12,200ft) Warm. ~ 50F Wore running shoes. Only needed Micro Spikes and Axe for about 400feet to attain Golden Horn - Pilot Knob Saddle. Dry the rest of the way up the horn and Pilot. Little patches of snow, but avoidable. Snow was about six inches deep max. I glissade down (wheeee) to the basin and hiked up "V4" from the west. Completely Dry.
Sunday (10/9): Colder (~25F) and more gray. Hiked up the trail to Island lake, then followed trail to saddle between US Grant and V2. Weather looks heavy with snow. Scrambled up East ridge of Grant. Loose and dry class 3. The hidden crux "chimney" had patches of snow but still doable with out spikes. Was snowing at noon when I reached the summit. Ran into three other guys up there. I think we were all shocked to see anyone. Cruised down and hit "V2." Sweet summit. Snowing more now and I cannot see Pilot Knob or Golden horn behind snow clouds. Hiked down to the lake and backpacked out to the jeep. Was hailing pretty hard at 5:30pm at the Clear Lake Switchback where I parked. Sorry about the poor quality, my phone is a POS and I like it. All pictures from Saturday (10/8) before it began snowing. Good luck out there!
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