Saturday, June 8, 2013
Drove down Trio FSR, a little chainsaw action later, we were hiking through a cutblock under the Trio Spires, with Doctor SW1 looming overhead, Grainger at our backs...Which one to do?!?! We made a Doctors Appointment 3 years ago, we should probably live up to our word and get there finally.
Followed a prominent shoulder of forest to the headwall,and took a rest at a large boulder at the end of the ridge. The rock looked rather wet with streams gushing down, so we decided to take an alternative route, and downclimb the gully/avy chute, to our right and then climb back up on the next ridge system which would eventually lead to the col of Doctors and Trio Spires. Once up at the col, we took a look at our route, saw the sub peak/lower summit of Doctors, we bypassed it and went over to the higher summit by gaining a steep snow ramp.
Taking the ridge to the summit, loose and blocky in some spots. Once on the summit, there appeared to be a very old cairn, quite worn down with a few rocks. We rebuilt it.
Took a break for a few minutes, then decided we should go for the minor summit of Doctors.
On the way back, I was itchin' to get over to the Spires, but Mark wanted to save that for another day.
As always, we must explore and take another way down, something different. Followed a different gully down, which was fast due to the snow, boot skied down till it ended at a waterfall. Time to get out the rope and dick around on some cliffs navigating to an area that 10m will reach...
After 8 hours total hike time, we were at the truck. Great day with Mark! Feeling better now we saw the Doctor.