Hiking through the Goat's Eye

 

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Been looking up at it from the parking lot for years. Has anyone climbed/heard of anyone climbing up there and walking through the hole? I can't find a route in any trail book, and i've never met someone who knows if it's even possible without climbing gear. I'm going to give it a try this weekend. I'll post pics if successful.

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Sweet!

SSV used to have a sweet pic of Doug Ward doing a mule kick in the eye on some of their marketing.

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I have not done that but.....

cross the creek at the parking lot, hike up the scree slope to the top (ridge on the left side looking up?). No "gear" needed as far as I know.

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Peakz wrote:
Sweet!

SSV used to have a sweet pic of Doug Ward doing a mule kick in the eye on some of their marketing.

Yeah, that picture was on every pass many years ago.

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been there done that.

no gear needed.

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Skied it 3 times, the most recent being a solo trip in mid April last season. The top chute below the Eye is reasonably steep and I was grateful for my ice axe the last time I was there.

What it's like without snow, I couldn't tell you. I would guess it's a simple scramble...

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nice shot!

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Didn't make it all the way through the eye. There was about 2 inches of snow from the night before, and it made things really slick. We stopped just before it gets really steep on the scree. Even if it was dry though, it looked pretty sketchy.

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Teamdirt wrote:
been there done that.

no gear needed.

Ya, but your so hardcore.

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Once was enough

Did this myself in a solo scramble, Sept 25 2014. I disagree strongly with Teamdirt about the climb being trivial, and write this as a warning to others thinking about taking on this objective. I found the last 75 or so vertical metres below the Goat's Eye to be really nasty work. There are many downsloping ledges covered with loose rock, and there is plenty of exposure to a nasty long fall onto the slopes of broken rock below. This is one nasty scramble, and IMO the reward is not nearly worth the high risk you take on to get there. Having tip-toed my way up that risky route I looked around in vain for an easier way down. There isn't one, and the downclimb of those crumbly ledges is worse than the ascent. Sure, this can be done, but don't take it on unless you've got a high tolerance for sketchy, high-risk terrain.