Departed Vivian Creek trailhead at 11am on 2Feb, arrived at High Creek Camp around 2:30pm. Patchy snow and ice on the trail above 6500 feet, some areas pretty slick – just watch your footing. Slept overnight with temps in the low 30’s, departed for the summit at 4am. The switchbacks up to the ridge are completely snow covered. We used micro-spikes to ascend vertically, just went straight up (using gps) to the ridge line at 9800′. Hard packed snow, micro-spikes worked well. From there to the summit, majority of the trail is covered in hard-packed snow, we encountered very little ice. Descent back down from the ridge to high Creek was manageable with the spikes and some glissading in places where snow had melted a little and softened. Saw people without spikes or crampons struggling and slipping, with one person falling into a rock and cutting open leg and pants. Strongly recommend spikes or crampons at this point.
Stay safe out there, it was a great winter ascent and conditions were great for early February.
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