Peak:  Hesperus Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Full West Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  11/02/2019
 Date Posted:  11/04/2019
Details

Most people go through the basin below Hesperus and up steep talus to where the west ridge of Hesperus steepens dramatically; my partner and I did the full west ridge. The terrain is basically similar in that it's all loose talus, we just had a more pleasant stroll along the ridge than chuffing through the basin on a nasty rock glacier. From that point there's some Class 2+ to Class 3 scrambling on highly questionable rock as well as lots of steep hiking on loose and unstable rock. The south face of Hesperus is almost entirely dry and what little snow there is doesn't change the route in any way. The summit is capped in snow. We also investigated the traverse to Lavender and the rock is somehow even more loose and rotten; a thin veneer of snow over dirt with wild exposure caused us to turn around at the first major notch and we were sure there was more snow in the other notches that would make things very sketchy and make retreat difficult or impossible.


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