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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby ajkagy » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:16 pm

snowing in the valley below 9k now
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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby cheeseburglar » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:23 pm

Looks like the Elks are no longer non technical.
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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby myfeetrock » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:50 am

I'll try to get a picture from work if the clouds clear out. I was in the flat tops yesterday and by noon there was a foot of snow. I was just over 10k. We have some snow here at 7k at glenwood caverns.

Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby BobbyFinn » Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:42 pm

The bells have snow - as seen from maroon lake. From 82 it looked like Capitol had some snow. Sorry - no pics.

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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby ChrisinAZ » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:21 pm

Bobby--anything that looked like it'd possibly at least somewhat melt off in the next few days? Or was it a pretty good dumping?
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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby Kane » Sat Sep 28, 2013 5:30 pm

I was at Maroon Lake for sunrise this morning, I scraped off 6" of snow from the lake seating bench. It dumped last night. It all melted away down at the lake today but the entire mountain looks white.

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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby Monster5 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:15 pm

Kane wrote:I was at Maroon Lake for sunrise this morning, I scraped off 6" of snow from the lake seating bench. It dumped last night. It all melted away down at the lake today but the entire mountain looks white.


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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby TakeMeToYourSummit » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:30 pm

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Went for a hike from my apartment up the Rim Trail in Snowmass. Snowline sticking around 11k to 11.5kish.

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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby ClayDishman » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:45 pm

In reference to the boulder field to K2...my ankles say LET IT SNOW!!!!!! See ya Wednesday.....

Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby BobbyFinn » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:07 pm

I'm sure there will be a good amount of melting- there were a lot of rocks sticking through the snow and it was a sunny, cloudless day today. But I can't guarantee anything. Sorry. We stayed on the tourist trail around maroon lake.

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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby iholdthepain » Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:32 pm

Oh, it happened... First time at the Bells, and what a glorious day it was:
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Although the drive up !-70 was dicey in the early am hours, the payoff was a beautiful hike, with the Frow and the Squid, through the most beautiful fall foliage up to Crater Lake, contrasted with a backdrop of white powder and "The Deadly Bells!"

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Re: Capitol Conditions - Elks in general

Postby scramble » Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:47 pm

Heh knee to thigh deep sometimes on north maroon today. Turned around a few hundred feet shy of the summit. Snow was no good to climb on... Maybe if you could burrow down to the rock and dry tool? Anyway, super gorgeous out there.

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