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Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby my5sons » Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:16 pm

Anyone have any current trail conditions for quandary? Looking to finally get it knocked out tomorrow? Snowshoes? UPDATE....Just checked CIAC avy danger looks considerable. Would love some advice from experienced please!! Is this something we need to be extra careful with on Quandary? I am do not avy training yet so would love some input. Should we just stay home?
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Re: Quandary snowshoes?

Postby GregMiller » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:02 pm

I don't, but I'm probably heading up Sunday, so I'd love to hear what it looks like!
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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby davebobk47 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:46 pm

Which route? East ridge will have no avy danger. Packed below treeline, windblown above. Supposed to hit 50 tomorrow with lots of sun so things could be soft/slushy later in the day.
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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby douglas » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:54 pm

I was thinking about doing it this Saturday and skinning up. Is there enough snow?

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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby my5sons » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:15 pm

davebobk47 wrote:Which route? East ridge will have no avy danger. Packed below treeline, windblown above. Supposed to hit 50 tomorrow with lots of sun so things could be soft/slushy later in the day.


Yes doing the easiest the Standard :-D I was concerned because it said the danger is on the east side.

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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby cory1223oh » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:47 pm

Was on the east ridge last Friday. Breck had reported 8" overnight and we broke trail through at least that much all the way too a little above treeline. It was melting at the lower elevations later in the day so things could have changed. Definitely enough snow to skin up. I really wished I had skis for the trip back down. Guess I'll have to look add backcountry skiing to my list.

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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby davebobk47 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:16 pm

I was concerned because it said the danger is on the east side.


Yes, eastern aspects are currently more dangerous however Quandary's east ridge doesn't get steep enough to slide. I have been there in winter where I encountered some "whumps" but the slope was under 20 degrees so I wasn't overly concerned.
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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby mtn_nut » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:31 am

I hiked it as a night hike, and i just posted a conditions report

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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby my5sons » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:06 pm

davebobk47 wrote:
I was concerned because it said the danger is on the east side.


Yes, eastern aspects are currently more dangerous however Quandary's east ridge doesn't get steep enough to slide. I have been there in winter where I encountered some "whumps" but the slope was under 20 degrees so I wasn't overly concerned.


Appreciate the help. Forgive the newbie question how or what do you use to measure the slope?

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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby screeman57 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:21 pm

my5sons wrote: how or what do you use to measure the slope?


Many backcountry compasses have an inclinometer or slope gauge. You can get one at most outfitters for 20-30 bucks. Be sure to get some instruction on how to use it. I've seen some people use iPhone apps (I think they're for testing roof pitch).
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Re: Quandary snowshoes? Avy Danger?

Postby carson_h » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:08 pm

I carry a Brunton clinomaster, but BCA has a free app that contains a slope meter. It works well if you can keep your phone alive in the cold.

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