|Peak:||Snowmass Mountain (14er)|
|Date of Information:||03/15/2014|
Nate (thegreatcamillo) and I climbed snowmass Friday 3/14 thru Sunday 3/16. The road from marble was beginning to melt out, but several trucks had attempted to drive it and gotten stuck. Best to just park at marble in the short term.
The road to Crystal City was well packed and easy snowshoeing.
From Crystal City to the summer TH was fairly well packed, but required a traverse of one very long slope, which may be unstable now with the warming temps.
From the summer TH to Geneva lake required much trail breaking, maxing out at perhaps 2' in snowshoes. this section also has a very long and unavoidable avvy prone slope.
From Geneva lake to the base was some very cool scenery, and fairly enjoyable snowshoeing.
We climbed a rib toward the south, opting to stay out of the snow filled gullies. Our concern wasn't that the gullies would slide as it was pretty stable snow at the time, it was just very difficult to climb in them as the snow was really deep. At times we had to traverse across chest deep snow. We made it back down to the base of snowmass in 45 minutes thanks to some awesome glissading. For perspective, that face took about 4 hours to ascend.
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