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 Peak:  Mt. Massive (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  madbuck
 Date of Information:  07/01/2011
 Date Posted:  07/03/2011
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Southwest Slopes still has a large snowfield climber's left of the Massive-South Massive saddle. Skiing would probably be alright still as you keep an eye on some of the changes in pitch. Smaller snowfields below are less steep and easier to cross or avoid when hiking, with a safe glissaditunity on the way down.

But for hiking, the upper snow filed covers the SW slopes climbing trail. Recommend climbing directly up the saddle, the angle is lower here and it's easier. To the left of the saddle on the ascent is loose talus that is not recommended.

On the ridge, some minor snowfields and possible hip-deep postholing in the afternoon, but not much more than a dozen steps or so a couple times, not worth bringing flotation.

Wildflowers in lower basin near Halfmoon Creek are still green and thigh-high, should be spectacular at the end of the month.




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