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Blanca Snow Conditions?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:24 am

Anyone have recent pics of the standard route on Blanca? Snow coverage?
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Re: Blanca Snow Conditions?

Postby blazintoes » Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:58 am

Hey Bill,

This may not help you but I summited March 16th and Como was dry til about 9,500. The trail was firm/boot packed til about 11'000 where snowshoes were needed all the way to when the pitch increases above Blue Lakes. I needed crampons from Blue Lakes to just above Crater Lake. The ledges were tricky because of the ice/steepness however once climbing the saddle, Blanca's NW face was bone dry.

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Re: Blanca Snow Conditions?

Postby EVEREST DREAMS » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:45 pm

Bill, when were you planning to go there?

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Re: Blanca Snow Conditions?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:53 pm

blazintoes wrote:Hey Bill, This may not help you but I summited March 16th and Como was dry til about 9,500. The trail was firm/boot packed til about 11'000 where snowshoes were needed all the way to when the pitch increases above Blue Lakes. I needed crampons from Blue Lakes to just above Crater Lake. The ledges were tricky because of the ice/steepness however once climbing the saddle, Blanca's NW face was bone dry.

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EVEREST DREAMS wrote:Bill, when were you planning to go there?

When it has enough snow for a ski. Who knows when/if that will happen this season
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Re: Blanca Snow Conditions?

Postby geojed » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:57 am

Bill,

Here is a picture taken by Boggy B/Michael Davis from Twin Peaks this last weekend.

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Re: Blanca Snow Conditions?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:43 am

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