|Peak:||"Drift Peak" (13er)|
|Route:||North West Bowl|
|Date of Information:||06/18/2013|
Still plenty of snow in the NW Bowl (lower right pic 1). I got an early start and it held crampons well at 7:30. Roach lists this as moderate snow (30-45 degrees). I was measuring slope angle on the way up. Last check was 40 degrees. It appeared to get just slightly steeper after that. So, Roach is accurate. This was my first "real" snow climb (crampons, firm snow, over 35 degrees). Going solo, it was exhilarating and certainly had my full attention. Coming down I was cautious and followed the Villa Ridge for just a bit to get to sun softened snow and to avoid the steeper section which was still somewhat firm. I traversed back into the NW Bowl and plunged stepped until through the rock constriction (pic 2), where the angle lessens. Then glissaded the rest of the bowl. Post holing was surprisingly not too bad going out across the flat bottom. If going up by the Villa Ridge (pic 3) I would recommend traction and/or axe if you are early, before the snow softens, or if it is a cloudy morning.
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