Pollinger, Mount


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,816
Summit Elevation (ft): 
9,239
Elevation Gain (m): 
1500
Total Distance (km): 
15.00
Difficulty Notes: 

The crux is exposed and a fall will kill you - only do if dry and confident.

Map
Trip Report

From Kiwetinok Peak we traversed over to Pollinger. The climb down Kiwetinok to the col was a bit tricky because we couldn't risk glissading the slush / ice slabs and had to pick our way down wet slabs. The terrain is also horribly loose and even though we were extremely careful, we still managed to set loose a number of large rocks. On hindsight it's a good thing we didn't have a large group on this mountain.

 

Pollinger is only a 'bump' but it's higher than I was expecting. The down climb was very steep (i.e. vertical) and exposed. Some verglass on the bottom section made things very interesting but Bob and I both enjoyed that challenge before turning our sights towards McArthur Peak.

 

 
[Mount Pollinger is almost completely buried in clouds as we head up it.]

 
[All three summits of Mount Kerr are obvious in this picture. I've been on all of them. Some of them twice... ;-)]

 
[Bob down climbs the crux on Mount Pollinger.]

 

After ascending McArthur, we arrived back at the crux climb to regain Pollinger. Bob headed out on the 'possible traverse' on the east side to bypass the crux. This traverse was very exposed ( i.e. you start to slide you're toast) but the scree was pretty solid and overall the traverse is less dangerous than the down climb. To do the traverse, simply go back about 10 meters from the down climb and peer down the east side of Pollinger. It looks nastier than it is but pick your footholds carefully... ;-)

 

 
[The crux on Pollinger as seen coming back. We went down to the right (climbers) and up on the left (climbers).]

 
[Bob traverses around the crux on climber's left. This is very exposed but the scree was consolidated and it worked.]

 
[This image shows the summit of Mount Pollinger, the summit of Mount McArthur and the bypass to the crux.]

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