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 Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  nkan02
 Date of Information:  03/09/2014
 Date Posted:  03/10/2014
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Broke trail in ankle to knee deep powder to about 12k, beginning of the ridge to Tigger, where we stashed our snowshoes. The transient nature of our efforts cannot be more apparent as big chunks of the road had melted out by the time of our descent. Our tracks melted and then refroze. Snowshoes now are likely not needed untill after 11k. The ridge between Tigger and Princeton still holds a lot of snow - a mix of hard pack, windblown powder and rocks, not enough to justify bringing snowshoes, but be prepared for a fair amount of postholing on the ridge.

1. Princeton from Tigger
2. View of Antero from Tigger-Princeton ridge
3. Tigger as viewed on the descent
4. Near the summit



Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4


  • Comments or Questions (3)
Bean


Skiable?     2014-03-10 11:06:24
What're your thoughts on the possibility of a descent? Boring ridgeline snow-sliding is totally acceptable (preferable actually, 'til things stabilize a bit more).


nkan02


not yet     2014-03-10 11:11:33
With all that snow on the mountain, there are tons of rocks just near the summit, so it's still pretty thin. The gullies are filling up very nicely. On the ridge, there are 6-12 inches of wind blown powder on top of very slick slippery icy crust. I'd say wait for the nice wet spring storm and go in April-May? This is on my ski list as well, so let me know if you go and don't mind me tagging along.


Bean


Bummer...     2014-03-10 12:45:46
...but not surprising. I'll keep you in mind for this one.



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