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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby justiner » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:01 pm

It's hard to tell, but it looks like the area that was holding snow, was sort of the where the yellow and blue line converge @ 5 o'clock - the triangle area, if you use the cliff edge in the foreground as the 3rd side. Wasn't into the yellow line myself, but if that works, go for it.


I hate hate hate those loose, gravely inclines. I had crampons and an ice axe - way better feeling to be on a West facing ridge @ 8:30 am than take the gravely loose incline ;)

Bet by this weekend things are going to be widely different - way less snow fer sure.
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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby Lamb » Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:49 am

Thanks for the beta.

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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby Lamb » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:24 am

As of 6/22 the only snow you have to go through is off of the decent of Bierstadt, and it is not too bad.

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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby GregMiller » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:52 pm

Thanks for the beta! Just curious, you happen to get any sort of a look at Bierstadt's East Ridge? Looking to do the Tour d'Abyss tomorrow.
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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby James Scott » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:42 pm

Greg-
Would you please post conditions on the route when you return? I'm doing that route Monday with a couple of climbers getting their first class 3 experience, and I would really appreciate knowing exactly what to expect. Thanks so much!
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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby smcobert24 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:10 pm

I too am doing the Sawtooth Monday... hiking in from the Abyss Lake Trail (Scott Gomer Creek TH) and camping at the base of Bierstadt's south ridge Sunday (23 JUN) night. Waking up at 0330 to begin ascent to Bierstadt. Then descending Evans southwest slope. Depending on how I feel, I might venture over to Rosalie Peak before heading back to the TH.

~Current pics of the Sawtooth now would be much appreciated :)

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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby Mountainspirit » Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:36 am

No pics, but saw it yesterday from Evans. There was one significant snow field (approx 75-100 yards) when descending from Bierstadt. A few smaller fields from Abyss Lake up to the Tooth

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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby James Scott » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:42 am

smcobert24-
I doubt if we will see you Monday if you're leaving that early, but keep an eye out. There will be three of us. We're hoping to be on route by 6AM, coming down the Evans- Epulet saddle couloir. Leave a few cold beers just above the Sawtooth for us!

Enjoy the day!
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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby smcobert24 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:29 am

Yeah I'm trying to Summit to catch the sun rise... we'll see how it goes :-D

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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby GregMiller » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:30 pm

Did Bierstadt's East Ridge today, intending to go over the Sawtooth and complete the Tour d'Abyss, but a late start, slow speeds, and clouds forced us to drop back down to Abyss lake and just go back up where we dropped down. Anyway, the snowfield coming off of Bierstadt towards the Sawtooth is still there, I'd recommend axe and crampons, but you can skirt around most of it if you rock hop on the right (as you descend), then cross it at a fairly obvious spot. Only saw a minor remnant if the snow that was previously on the N side of the Sawtooth, should be effectively dry once you cross over.

Also, where we dropped off of Evans to start, the main gully has about 20 vertical feet of snow across most of it, but with careful route finding it can be avoided. Bierstadt East Ridge is dry.
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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby smcobert24 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:14 pm

The Sawtooth is good to go... just finished Bierstadt > Sawtooth > Evans from Abyss TH... There is some snow descending from Bierstadt... but its holding well. The West side of the Sawtooth is bare and excellent condition. I think i saw James' party of three descending into the Sawtooth as I was Summiting Evans :)
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Re: The Sawtooth

Postby James Scott » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:30 pm

That was probably us! We had a great day on the Tour de Abyss- such a great route.

The snow that you descend getting down from Bierstadt to the Sawtooth is very steep. It was plenty soft for us and we felt comfortable using kicked steps and adding our own on it, but a slide would have been very dangerous. If a person was to descend earlier when the snow is harder, it would be risky in my humble.

Will post a trip report in a day or so.
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