|Peak:||Crestone Needle (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||06/15/2013|
A couple of minor snow fields to cross heading up to Broken Hand Pass. Must climb some snow heading up into the constriction on BHP; ice axe is helpful. The constriction is icy and the snow is hard in the morning before the sun hits it. There is no snow above the constriction. The rest of the snow is soft enough to kick steps into on the way up and plunge-step on the way down.
The snow in the east and west gullies is pretty much completely avoidable save for a couple of spots. There was a short section in the east gully just below the dihedral where you begin to cross over to the west gully. In the west gully, the snow crossing as you're approaching the top is negligible and probably won't be there next weekend. Watch out for water making the rocks slick.
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