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SE Glacier 

SE Glacier 

   
Type:  Alpine, 3000'
Original: Easy Snow [details]
FA:  John Muir, 1872 (on descent)
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Submitted By: BradLipovsky on Jul 23, 2016

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BETA PHOTO: SE glacier route

Description 

A classic glacier outing. This route first gains a large bench from the stream that feeds into Ediza Lake. Opinion varies about how to do this. Some prefer the rock and some prefer the snow. Both work just fine. From the bench follow the glacier until it ends. Be prepared for big suncups in the summer. When the glacier ends bear right onto talus to gain the summit plateau. Then go to the top, crossing a snowfield. From Ediza Lake, the route is 2.35 miles and 3960 vertical feet. The total roundtrip with the approach is 19.4 miles and 7053 vertical feet.

Location 

The route starts at the base of a large bench above the inlet stream to Ediza Lake. To get there, go to Ediza Lake and then proceed West along the creek. Stay on the North side of the creek. The roudtrip from Agnew Meadows to Ediza Lake is 14.7 miles and 3093 vertical feet.

Protection 

Nothing, really.


Photos of SE Glacier Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Not particularly steep, but icy and consequential.
Not particularly steep, but icy and consequential.
Rock Climbing Photo: Me looking down from the summit
Me looking down from the summit
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the summit
Looking down from the summit
Rock Climbing Photo: Descending SE glacier
Descending SE glacier
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt Ritter at sunrise
Mt Ritter at sunrise
Rock Climbing Photo: glisading down from the base of the chute
glisading down from the base of the chute
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying some exposure high on the route
Enjoying some exposure high on the route

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By Sean Maher
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jul 25, 2016

This was my first experience with mountaineering and it made quite a good introduction. There were a few exhausting sections of step-cutting across steep snow, but otherwise it was mostly scrambling and hiking up talus (in early July). We were a bit confused as to where the actual glacier was since it was little more than a thin snow patch when we were there... see John Muir's Mountains of California for an exciting account of the route's first descent when the glacier was much more spectacular.

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