"South Snowdon"  
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Route: From Snowdon Peak
Posted On: 2021-05-29, By: supranihilest
Info: From Snowdon Peak's summit we went down the south ridge to a rubble filled gully off to descender's left. It is mostly Class 2 and some 2+ to that point. Follow the gully down to a set of choss covered ledges that angle down and left. There are two or three ledges, all covered in loose rock, but difficulty should never exceed Class 2+. There aren't many cairns but just keep following the ledges down to the east, and eventually they'll funnel into a steep, snow-filled gully that dumps into the eastern basin. Once in the basin head for the large couloir that splits "South Snowdon"'s east face and climb up it. It's steep but we just used snowshoes, then dug a little tunnel through the cornice. From the couloir's top head left to the summit. To descend go northwest down snowy slopes towards a large, bulbous rock. Stay on the right side of the rock as you descend ledges, swampy spots, rock, and forest towards a big open area west of Snowdon. This is essentially the area below Snowdon's Naked Lady couloir. Then follow the trail (and likely your ascent route) back to the trailhead. Gear: crampons and an axe probably not necessary but nice to have. Spikes would be sufficient for "South Snowdon" by itself. They would NOT be sufficient for Snowdon Peak. Flotation probably isn't strictly necessary either, especially early morning with frozen snow, but in later day conditions they'd be very useful. 
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Route: From Snowdon Peak
Posted On: 2020-09-04, By: supranihilest
Info: I "traversed" to "South Snowdon"/"N 2" by scrambling down Snowdon's south ridge to a double set of couloirs. It's Class 2+ to this point and there's a big cairn on the saddle here. Most people descend to the right/west, but I went left. It looks improbable and there's a couple of trees blocking easy viewing, but there's a large downward ramp here. It's covered in loose rubble but it's entirely Class 2 until it dumps into the talus field below Snowdon's southeast face. It was loose enough that using the handholds on the wall next to me was useful. Keep following the ramp and if you ever get into anything that's harder than Class 2 or Class 2+ know you're in the wrong spot. From the talus field at the bottom cross the basin on grass, heading towards the southernmost notch in the Snowdon/"South Snowdon" connecting ridge. Ascend the talus here (be careful, it's loose and easy to roll rocks onto hands/feet) through the notch and turn left to ascend to "South Snowdon"'s summit. To descend head northwest down "South Snowdon"'s talus laden slopes until you're on grass, then north under the ridge and Snowdon. You'll cross some wet areas and numerous slabs. Eventually the terrain drops away, and you'll find relatively easy passage by heading northeast past a small tarn under Snowdon and then down steep grass/talus and a couple of short, easy slabs until you're back in the forest, where you can reconnect with the trail that eventually connects to the Crater Lake Trail. The two photos show the descent route off Snowdon that I used. 
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