Last Thursday Charlie came along with Sander and I to check out Maggie's Peak (8699'), on the south side of Emerald Bay. To maximize our sense of discovery we refused to check any guide books, instead examining and printing off a topo map of the peak and calling it good.
"Does it show where we're going?"
"Being a little picky, don't you think?"
Our initial plan to somehow skin up the north buttress of the north summit was thrown away as soon as we saw the complicated and rocky terrain. We quickly realized that the best way (and the guide-book recommended route, as I later read) was up from Inspiration Point to Granite Lake, and then up to the saddle in between the two peaks.
Minutes after reaching the summit, I was trying to spot a couloir line down the steep south face, and when looking down I suddenly noticed the snow moving - avalanche! A large wet slide, wall to wall, ran down a chute far below us, easily batting aside the few trees in the way. OK, not going south!
Statistics. Maggies Peaks, South Summit, 8699'. 1.9 miles, 1880' up via Granite Lake. 2.2 miles, 2140' down via the NW ridge.
Photos: While the map is mine, the photos are courtesy of Sander. Thanks!