St. Mary's conditions?

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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby Jordan D » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:07 pm

How is James? Would I need to bring Avy gear? I want to take my flatlander girlfriend up her first mountain
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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby GregMiller » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:26 pm

I am not an avy expert, and I haven't had eyes on James peak this season, but I'd say you should be all right without avy gear. If you follow the 'trail' up around to the right side to get up to the gully, you stay off of any relatively steep snow. Beyond that, the only 'avy' slopes that you'd be under are the ones on the sides of the gulley, and they're currently rocks with snow in/around them, nothing that will avalanche. James Peak itself looks to be all <30°, so as long as you stay on its SE face you should be all right:,-105.66837&z=14&b=t&o=f,r&n=1,0.25&a=sf

My one caution would be that I haven't been up there when it isn't windy, and it's a long way across the flats from the top of the glacier to James peak, and be ready for it to be miserable.
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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby Jordan D » Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:26 pm

I am an avy expert and have skied James solo many times years ago, but I can't remember how steep the initial pitch past the flat is. My worry is that that part is hardslab on facets, I guess my real question is how deep is the snow up there?
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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby powhound » Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:02 pm

Jordan D wrote:I can't remember how steep the initial pitch past the flat is.

I hiked James Pk last year in early November. I was measuring slope angle as I went up after the flats. It was gradually increasing and when it started getting close to 30 degrees, I moved over to the side, where there were rocks, as it appeared it was slightly steeper up ahead. When I got across from this last section, I took this pic of my final measurement at what appeared to be the steepest area on the whole slope and it confirmed what I thought. It read just under 34 degrees.
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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby snowymountainsrock » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:11 pm

I was wondering if anyone had any photos or condition reports for Saint Mary's Glacier and James Peak.

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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby lordhelmut » Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:16 pm

Anyone have recent shots of those chutes above the lake? Or first hand beta?

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Re: St. Mary's conditions?

Postby DiamondCutter » Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:36 pm

I was up there at St Mary's last weekend and some crazies had already sent the chute on far right and the chute on far left. They both managed to make turns to the base of the lake without exposing any rock which was surprising. probably good to go again after the refill they just had.

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