The gondola operator gives the Sky Pilot Valley Trail 2-3 hour return. Gunn gives 2 hours from top of old logging road to the pink slab, then 2 hours to the summit. Thats 6 hours. Doesn't seem like much time saving. Am I missing something here?
Also, does anyone know the latest conditions? Does the route still have steep snow? Wondering if I can leave my ice ax at home.
Time wise I did 4 hours up with some nice breaks in the col and on the summit then 2.5 hours down.
Coming down I took my time and stopped a bunch to take rocks out of my shoes (15x at least) and took my socks off to dry my feet etc. 2 hrs down is not unrealistic!?
So you can probably do 3 hours up from top of gondola if you’re in half decent shape
I didn’t notice any rap anchors on the Pink Slab, but noticed the ones above the next crux further up (pic below). The pic of the Pink Slab makes it look steeper than it is. In reality it’s like the steeper part of the Apron maybe, however a fall would be catastrophic from where I took the pic. I can’t see using these rap anchors unless it’s wet or icy
I like youBrendan wrote:This is a start
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What about the stations
Last time I went it was blue bird skies and then the clouds came in and it poured rain
Did this route recently starting from base of the gondola (not taking the lift up). We took 2.5 litres water each, low rise hiking shoes, spikes, axe, and decided to take our harness and a 30 m rope to check out these rap stations at the pink slab and near the summit. Took us 8h total, in good time to enjoy a skypilot beer at the lodge. Not bad for a couple of 50 year olds!
Rap stations easy to find, useful although not necessary if you climb technical rock
Well marked with cairns and flagging tape the whole way.
Get on this hike for sure. Showtime and the Colonel strongly recommend. A great day trip!!
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