|Peak:||"Drift Peak" (13er)|
|Date of Information:||04/02/2011|
TH plowed. Packed trail to treeline - snowshoes needed after until steep section at 12550 (gain cornice at break downslope around treeline). Crampons/ice axe needed after. Snow on ridge - typical mix of bulletproof and land mine/talus wind shadow. Sugary snow with hard wind slab (not thick or avy prone) on ridge. Signs of avy off ridge in north-facing bowls. Major cornices. WIND seems to come consistently from SW over ridge. 3 parties turned back from traverse to Fletcher due to wind and underestimating Drift.
Image 1: Ridge to Drift
Image 2: Upper Ridge
Image 3: Pacific/Atlantic coverage (Crystal looks similar - cornices. One group successfully climbed/skied)
Image 4: Traverse to Fletcher (blurry around Fletcher)
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