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Ice axe on Massive in 2 weeks

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Ice axe on Massive in 2 weeks

Postby wetdawg » Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:38 pm

I have a question for the board. I'm flying out in 2 weeks (june 25th) to climb Massive and possibly Elbert. From the most recent trip reports and photos there looks like there is still quite a bit of snow at 13k+. Is it a good idea to pack an ice axe and gaiters or is the snow genrally packed down enough now that it isn't a concern? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Ice axe on Massive in 2 weeks

Postby jf32 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:52 pm

I did massive yesterday - east slopes. There was one spot right above the saddle that I felt comfortable having the axe - it wasn't more than a few hundred feet. I also used the axe to glissade down. I packed gaiters but never felt the need to put them on and arrived back at the trailhead with mostly dry socks. Hope that helps.

The pic is my partner crossing the snow field.
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