I am super happy with my efforts on this day. I had failed to reach this Mount Weart, during a two night trip this time last year; that was when I had just started scrambling. This time, through bad visibility and blowing snow I reached that apex, and in one day!
The trail leading up to Wedgemount Lake is good condition. I didn't feel nearly as steep as last time. I reached the Lake in 2hours and 6minutes; that's including picture taking and a snack break. There are very few muddy sections, with that said, you'll likely want gaiters for the snow during the scrambling section.
I quickly ate some food, and headed past the lake towards the scree slope that leads to the upper basin. Once past the lake the rock is just crappy and loose. Two times during my descent I caused two boulders, larger than myself, to shift; it was scary to have had barely avoided serious injury. I learned a valuable lesson during this part, I can be wrong, and that's okay! I followed up the same rock slope that I used last year. This time once at the upper basin, I realized I was way too far West. I kept reviewing Matt Gunn's route, and it hit me. I was off course. I had to spend extra time traversing across a bluffy rock section, to get myself back on track.
Once at the foot the summit, I ramped up the to ridge by following a Easterly ascending rock slope. The summit ridge is decent rock. I didn't get much for views, but that which I did see was SUPERLATIVE! The icefields were amazing. The constant battle between the sun and clouds, and resultant light filtering that fantastic. This was a tough scramble. At some point along the ridge, I dropped my pack and continued on. I was hungry and tired. I almost turned back at one point. I thought I was near the summit, and then the clouds parted and I saw it was much higher, and it put a momentary damper on my resolve. The bad visibility, and blowing snow really added to the enjoyment. The variables that make any hike/scramble a bit more interesting are why I love solo trips, I alone have to deal with these variables.
I don't know if this qualifies as a Megahike, so if you read this Evgeny, what's your opinion? Oh yeah, my GPS track stops slightly short and low the summit. As mentioned in preceding statements, I had removed my pack at one point; unfortunately my GPS was sitting inside of it. ...