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We tried this in Feb and got turned back by the snow. Time to give it another shot!!
I know a couple of routes to Eva's Tower, and you really can't go wrong as they're both fun. We'll take the lesser traveled route which is a bit more challenging than the standard way and includes a couple of fixed ropes. There are numerous other towers surrounding Eva's so we may hit a couple but will definitely go to "Beer & Ice" which has some very exposed Class 4 climbs. We'll descend via the "quick descent" route which includes a 30 foot rope.
This route includes challenging Class 4 scrambling and exposure and is for experienced scramblers only!! I will only take those I've hiked with before -OR- you must send me a private message and convince me that you're capable of doing this hike based on your experience. Everyone starts on the wait list.
Distance: 5 miles up - and back
Elevation gain: 1,800 feet
Elevation of peak: 5,800 feet
Time: 5 to 6 hours (hiking time)
Danger Level: 5
Bring 3 liters of water (minimum), snacks/lunch, sunscreen, hat.
Bring Gloves!! (there are ropes)
Hiking Fitness ** IMPORTANT**
You need to know your pace and ability levels and you must understand that being highly physically fit in one sport or area of training does not mean youre at that same level for hiking/scrambling. You must build up to that level as with any activity. For example, if you run marathons, it doesnt mean youll be able to keep up with moderate/fast hikers. Youre using completely different muscles and moving over different terrain. Go with your hiking level of fitness, not your general level of fitness when determining the pace you can keep. Some people just move naturally faster or slower than others. Its not good or bad. Its just different. KNOW YOUR LIMITS!! I encourage everyone to challenge themselves, but be smart about it.
Know and understand the following classes of hikes. Be sure youre comfortable with the posted class before signing up. Most hikes posted with classes 4 and 5 typically only have small sections that are at that level, but its important to know you must be prepared to face those areas. If youre afraid of heights, you may not want to attempt hikes with class 4 or 5 sections.
Watch this 2 min video that explains the hiking classes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7FXpwgrZKU)
Class 1: Walking with a low chance of injury.
Class 2: Simple scrambling with the occasional use of the hands. Little danger is encountered.
Class 3: Scrambling with increased exposure. A rope can be carried but is usually not required. Falls are not always fatal.
Class 4: Climbing with exposure. A rope may be used. Falls will likely result in severe injury or death. Not for those afraid of heights.
Class 5: Technical free climbing involving harnesses, rope, belaying, and other protective hardware for safety. Falls will likely result in severe injury or death.
Exposure: Empty space below a climber, usually referring to a great distance through which the climber could fall. In other words, if you fall, its a long way down.
Please be aware that Meetup organizers are not tour guides and are not park rangers. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for and/or attending this Meetup event, you acknowledge, understand, accept, and agree that hiking and other outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious bodily injury and possibly death. Each participant is expected to be physically and mentally capable of safely accomplishing activities and will follow all safety guidelines and use instructions associated with the event. Each participant is financially responsible for loss or damage to any equipment related to the event. The organizers of this group and current / former members cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant - including you - at any event. All attendees participate at their own risk and are solely responsible for any damage to their property, and/or any injury to themselves or their guests. There may be times when a coordinator fee is assessed. By signing up for this event, you affirm that you understand this disclaimer, and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of claim arising from or related to this Meetup event against the organizers of this Meetup group.
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