Catherine via Cold Creek
Scenic, great views from summit. Physically moderate, technically easy. 2 people (Dylan and I)
Silver star day 2 - burgundy col route
Final climb of BMC! 14 people, 2:30am start. In the darkness we lost our way and missed a cairn, ended up scrambling loose class 3 boulders. Took the wrong gulley up so we had to traverse over. I got stuck in a bergshrund against 50deg slope and had to kick out. Psychologically fried. Became very nauseous shortly thereafter. 3 of us got altitude sickness after descending the col. Ran into a mountain goat (named shaggy). Summit block was technical and took several hours to set up. Rappelled the block (rappel was technical and fun!). Descended very unpleasant scree and accidentally kicked down some larger rocks. Ran out of water by the time we got back to camp, with no fuel to melt snow. We determined 1 medium gas tank fuels 2/3 people worth of snow. Went to stream to get more water and treat. Descent was very hard on the knees.
Silver Star Day 1
Extremely hot, but short day. Got to camp early and relaxed with BMC crew
Very scary, very adventurous day. Team of 6. We started 30min early of the “slow group” to set up ropes on Lane. We scrambled up some very loose talus and boulders, making us wish we parked at the upper roads parking lot. We attempted lane peak first, burning time on setting up the fixed line. Summit block had exposure and was sketchy but doable. Rappelled off the summit block, which was a blast. As I got out of the rappel system, I slipped on the snow and fell ~50ft into mostly safe runout. Not having my axe on me, I had a hard time arresting, which psychologically damaged me the rest of the day. Thankfully I was able to practice arresting as I fell 4 more times that day, with my axe to help. After glissading down to the saddle, we made a straight shot up Denman, which kicked our asses as lane already exhausted us. We managed to continue on and make a bid for Plummer, as Mack offered me some tortilla which helped give me a new wind. Plummer has some great views and wasn’t as difficult as it looked from further back (a ridge connects Plummer and Denman, so we didn’t descend too much). We had a blast glissading most of the way down Plummer into the gulley. Had some races, some of us got cocky.