"Cassi Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: Rustler Gulch
Posted On: 2022-07-27, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. There were a few snow crossings above Rustler Gulch but below Cassi/13260 A. You could avoid these crossings, but they weren't consequential if you chose to do them. Microspikes would be helpful but not necessary The Cassi/13260 A ridge and areas closest to the peaks are free of snow/ice. The wildflowers are in spectacular full bloom. 
Route: From Rustler Gulch/Precarious Peak
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: supranihilest
Info: This CR starts at the bottom of Precarious' southwest couloir. We traversed across snow and very loose talus under Precarious' south face towards "Cassi" and 13,260 A (also known as "Golden Tops"), trying to stay on snow as much as possible. The route finding to the saddle with "Cassi" and 13,260 A was generally easy and the snow good. We dropped our packs at the bottom of "Cassi" and made our way up a gully below a set of rugged towers blocking the ridge proper. We took axes but not traction. The initial climb up was steep snow that was easy to kick steps into. I made my way towards the rock wall along the ridge, then into a large snow moat and up a short section of vertical snow to the upper mountain. Difficulty dropped for the upper mountain, but snow quality got mushier (sometimes up to waist deep slop) and rock quality on the entire peak was anywhere from awful to death choss that crumbles when touched. The stuff that was merely awful made for reasonable hand and footholds when the snow quality was poor. We simply reversed our route down to our packs. Gear: ice axe mandatory. We only used one axe but some may want a second. We didn't use traction but I'd imagine the vast majority would want it in current conditions. Flotation might be necessary if the snow in the basin does not freeze, which it won't in the immediate future. 

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