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 Peak:  Handies Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Nelson
 Date of Information:  05/31/2013
 Date Posted:  06/01/2013
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The snow is melting fast on the west face. Between 12,300 and the summit I got maybe 1000 feet of snow climbing. The top 300 feet is pretty much bare. The east face still holds quite a bit of snow. I descended the standard route and there was a fair amount of snow. Because I was early it was very firm.



  • Comments or Questions
mkell632

Handies Condition     06/02/2013 18:19
What do you think conditions will be on standard south west trail next weekend How does basin look


Nelson


Pardon the late response     06/05/2013 12:52
I came down the normal route. Above 12,000 feet there is a lot of snow much of which is unavoidable. If you go early from the upper trail head it will be supportable and I would use crampons and ax. My guess is that if you a not below 12000 before 10 am , you will posthole.



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