|Peak:||Snowmass Mountain (14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/22/2013|
Compared to pictures from a week ago, a ton of snow has melted. We hit the snow about 6:15 AM, and it made for some good snow climbing conditions. Firm and enjoyable all the way up to the ridge. After crossing the ridge, there were a couple snow patches which could easily be avoided by staying high on the ridge. The rock high on the ridge was surprisingly solid (for Elks standards). On our return, we hit the snow again about 10 AM and it had already heated up and was slick as snot toward the top (even with crampons). My partner took a slip on the top 20 feet of snow (at it's steepest point) and began a FAST slide. Snow was the consistency of a slurpee. He was lucky enough to self arrest before hitting a rocky outcropping (with the melting snow, rocks are beginning to surface). Although I did see one girl with only microspikes, I would highly recommend and ice axe and crampons. If you're looking to get a snow climb in, hit it quick. Water could be heard running under the snow and runnels were beginning to form with lots of suncups. Here are a couple conditions pictures.
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