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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2016, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Default Habrich ridge to sky Pilot 11-Aug-2016

We had the idea of trying the Gunsight Gap route to Sky Pilot via Habrich ridge. A steep ascent up to where the trail forks close to the top, there's a good source of water not far below(at the moment).


Heading around to the ridge, just under Habrich

there's a path in places.


a fixed rope.


Soon levels out and we get a good view of Sky Pilot.


dropping down a little we pass a rap station continuing on we soon hit a cliff.


there's fixed ropes to get over a steep drop off



We soon come to another rap station with ropes, there's a 20m drop.


Getting a closer look, Gunsight Gap looks difficult a couple of gaps in the snow and the rocks wet. Not enough time to make the tram back so we leave it for another time.


Looking back at Habrich


We aim for the talus on the right, dropping down to a new looking trail thru the trees.


Dropping down the talus a large cairn marks the sky pilot trail.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-12-2016, 11:21 PM
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nice

I think ecarter and his buddy have flagged this part of this route; unless I'm mistaken, the part where you rappelled they call "The Brain".
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I was interested in your TR as I had planned to do a traverse of Habrich /Sky Pilot and its hard to estimate times due to lack of TRs. The late start of the gondola really cuts into the available time, so we had planned to go up late and bivy at the start of the route. What was your planned trip time and what sources do you have?

I've never done Gunsight Gap but understand that it develops a schrund that blocks all progress. From the reports I read it was in shape a month or so ago.

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Great TR; looks like a great trail and route, and fun area to explore.

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I was interested in your TR as I had planned to do a traverse of Habrich /Sky Pilot and its hard to estimate times due to lack of TRs. The late start of the gondola really cuts into the available time, so we had planned to go up late and bivy at the start of the route. What was your planned trip time and what sources do you have?

I've never done Gunsight Gap but understand that it develops a schrund that blocks all progress. From the reports I read it was in shape a month or so ago.
I believe our route took about 7 hours, we didn't have much info, just that there was a marked trail to Sky Pilot. you could drive up the road and start early, that would be an option.
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Okay, thanks Muskeeto. I heard someone did it in a day, but I think they are in a different league. I didn`t think of using the road approach. It`s certainly a long day if not 2 days, and that would save on weight.
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