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 Peak(s):  Mt. Columbia  -  14,073 feet
 Post Date:  06/21/2008
 Date Climbed:   06/21/2008
 Posted By:  Beagle

 Columbia - West Slopes   

Splendid day to be on the mountain, perfect temp, no threatening clouds and only 6 other summiteers did we see. Around 11,000 ft. there are still significant snow drifts across the trail. They were firm enough in the morning but you are still going up and over snow banks that are about
3-4 feet high, like a steeplechase course. In the afternoon you do a little post-holing. Not worth taking snowshoes as the drifts are anywhere from 20-50 feet apart and you‘d be walking in mud the rest of the time. Cottonwood Creek is really rolling, especially in the afternoon after another day of melting up top. No appreciable snow on the slopes but my partner did a bit of standing glissading on the way down.

 


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