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Easier mixed terrain on the North Face before reaching a higher small notch on the West Ridge
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Jeff Hebert
Apr 13, 2014
Easier mixed terrain on the North Face before reaching a higher small notch on the West Ridge  
Jeff Hebert
Seattle, WA
Jeff Hebert   Seattle, WA
I liked SGC much better. At this time of year, the Ice Cliff Glacier is mostly just steep snow—the ice was very short-lived and the snow we encountered in that couloir was much deeper and less consolidated, so we had a really physical, exhausting climb without many redeeming factors other than the ice and the position on Stuart. SGC had way better snow and the climbing above was really engaging and fun without being too scary. I also liked the top-out on SGC better. With ICG, you still have to get over the false summit and traverse up to the real summit while on SGC, you finish on the summit itself.

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Marlin Thorman
Spokane, WA
Marlin Thorman   Spokane, WA
Nice job on the send Jeff! Glad you guys were able to get back in there and do the SGC as well. It is amazing what a couple of weeks of warmer weather will do! It doesn't look like you guys had quite as much rime and snow to content with :) In your opinion how did the SGC compare to the Ice Cliff Glacier route? Apr 15, 2014

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