On our reconnaissance, we discovered that the icefall that tumbles into the East face is in great condition,far better than any photos we had ever seen. This will make for a very special first descent, as this variation of the SE ridge route has only been climbed twice due to it’s typically ugly nature. We will be better off for approaching the NE face as well,the icefall leading to it was inveresely terrible and not safely passable. Isn’t that the beauty of pioneering? You never know what you get until you show up and see it with your own eyes.
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