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El Diente/Sneffels

Postby dbranstr » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:52 pm

Going to do El Diente/Wilson and then Sneffels this Thursday through Sunday. Does anyone know if there are still skiable lines on any of these peaks or should we keep the skis in the car?

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby Beachrodney » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:19 am

Some shots of Sneffels south face June 9th
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Still alot of snow up there but the south south west is getting pretty cooked.

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby mannosteel » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:32 am

I know there's been above average snows. Does anyone have any predictions on how Sneffels will be about mid-July? What kind of snow fields do you see us encountering?

Thanks all.

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby Beachrodney » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:49 am

dbranstr wrote:Going to do El Diente/Wilson and then Sneffels this Thursday through Sunday. Does anyone know if there are still skiable lines on any of these peaks or should we keep the skis in the car?

Check out Carl's TR also: http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=10037

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby gdthomas » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:00 am

mannosteel wrote:I know there's been above average snows. Does anyone have any predictions on how Sneffels will be about mid-July? What kind of snow fields do you see us encountering?

Thanks all.


Standard Route: You'll likely encounter snow from the Lavender Col to the "V" notch 100' from the summit.
SW Ridge Route: You'll probably see snow just above the pinnicles at about 13,300 (there may even be snow patches at the base of the pinnicles) as well as near the notch just before the downclimb. After the downclimb, there are several areas along the route that are protected from the sun that may hold snow until you reach the ridge proper at 13,700'.

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby leggaj5 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:12 am

I was planning to attempt Sneffels on Sunday (6/19), and originally I had planned to do the ridge route to try to avoid some of the snow, but looking at some of the recent pictures and the amount of snow still on the mountain, it seems like it might be safer to snow climb the Lavender couloir and save the ridge for much later this summer. Would more experienced climbers say that's true?

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby ktimm » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:47 am

The ridge will hold snow in some spots later.

The easiest , most snow free way will be to go up standard route, and then climb on to southern "rib" above the gulley, this will go to the summit and with the snow , probably does not require a class 3 move to get on to.

You might have a couple small snow fields above birthday chutes where an axe might be hand

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby mannosteel » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:26 pm

Thanks for reply gdthomas. Appreciate it. You guys are full of info to a flatlander. Oh, just saw you're from Highlands Ranch. I did their half marathon race Nov 09. About killed me coming from 780' elevation 2 days before...
Thanks ktimm to for the helpful info. A couple of us have decent hiking experience but others have not. This will be of help. Gonna be staying in Ridgway.

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby mannosteel » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:00 pm

Also, do you think ice axes would be necessary this time of year??

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby gdthomas » Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:32 pm

mannosteel wrote:Also, do you think ice axes would be necessary this time of year??


You probably won't need it for 90-95% of the climb but if you know how to use one, an axe could come in handy in a few spots if you don't mind the extra weight. Remember, the snow will soften up quickly so an axe may not help much if you get a late start. Also, a helmet isn't a bad idea either on the approach to the Lavender Col and beyond.

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Re: El Diente/Sneffels

Postby mannosteel » Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:23 am

gdthomas wrote:
mannosteel wrote:Also, do you think ice axes would be necessary this time of year??


You probably won't need it for 90-95% of the climb but if you know how to use one, an axe could come in handy in a few spots if you don't mind the extra weight. Remember, the snow will soften up quickly so an axe may not help much if you get a late start. Also, a helmet isn't a bad idea either on the approach to the Lavender Col and beyond.



Thanks very much guys.

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