|Peak:||Snowmass Mountain (14er)|
|Date of Information:||07/06/2013|
Climbed July 6th. You do not need crampons, but an Ice Ax will come in handy. Still a lot of snow in the basin, but it‘s mostly firm and walkable with a post hole here and there. We were able to easily climb the east route which is snow free after the climbing starts. No snow on the south side of the peak or ridge. Largely un-cairned, but the route is obvious and easy to follow. We were able to drop off the ridge on the down-climb just east of the summit, kick in steps to down-climb the chute there, then glissade for about 800 feet of vertical drop. This is where the ice ax is mandatory if you want to try this. However, the snow is melting fast. There may not be enough in the chute to do this. Vort.
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