Snow conditions at higher elevations?

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Snow conditions at higher elevations?

Postby Tiz » Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:52 am

Maybe it's still too early to ask this question. I am wondering whether crampons will be required mid September.

I assume that the ordinary trails (Boulder pass, Brown pass, Stoney Indian pass) will not pose a problem. (Maybe there will be some fresh snow but this should not require the use of crampons.)

But how about Hidden Lake - Floral Park Traverse - Sperry Glacier? Any recent information/pictures/reports available?

Thanks so much.
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Re: Snow conditions at higher elevations?

Postby orin » Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:47 pm

I was over Boulder Pass and Brown Pass 3 or 4 days ago and was up above Sperry a week ago. There is still a lot of snow up in both places. But on warm days the snow is soft and it was easy to kick steps across the steep spots. I had an ice ax and instep crampons along but never needed to use them on either route. So, if the warm weather continues the need for them will continue to decrease. But if the weather turned cold in early September and the remaining snowfields turned hard and icy it might be a different story.
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Re: Snow conditions at higher elevations?

Postby sj in cal » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:51 pm

orin wrote:I was over Boulder Pass and Brown Pass 3 or 4 days ago and was up above Sperry a week ago. There is still a lot of snow up in both places. But on warm days the snow is soft and it was easy to kick steps across the steep spots. I had an ice ax and instep crampons along but never needed to use them on either route. So, if the warm weather continues the need for them will continue to decrease. But if the weather turned cold in early September and the remaining snowfields turned hard and icy it might be a different story.


Orin, didn't realize you were a chatter!! (We met at Hole-in-the-Wall on the 19th!) Small world.
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Re: Snow conditions at higher elevations?

Postby Tiz » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:07 pm

@orin Thank you!
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Re: Snow conditions at higher elevations?

Postby Tiz » Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:40 pm

I understand that the weather will now get bad/cold and that there will likely be some fresh snow at higher elevations.

Would you recommend to bring crampons? (I intend to do the floral park/sperry glacier traverse if the weather/rangers permit.)
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