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St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby MonGoose » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:44 am

Here's a topo of the area with highlighted slide potential.
http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=39.834,-105.63818&z=15&b=t&o=r&n=0.25&a=sf

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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby GregMiller » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:58 am

If people want to study up beforehand, the relevant pages of Mountaineering: FOTH can be found on google
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Sat Mar 30, 2013 3:39 pm

How was it?

Please post conditions and pics please. :)

Snowshoes, micro spikes, crampons?
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby Stereo311 » Sun Mar 31, 2013 1:46 pm

A big thanks to everyone, especially Greg, Mongoose, and Sam. You guys are awesome. Thanks for the avalanche awareness lesson. I learned a lot of useful information.

Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby Steve Climber » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:57 am

IHikeLikeAGirl wrote:How was it?

Please post conditions and pics please. :)

Snowshoes, micro spikes, crampons?


Weather was perfect. Snow on glacier was very crampon worthy, no snowshoes were necessary to get up to where we were practicing (30 deg shoulder just above lake). Road up was hardpacked and would suggest microspikes (I had to demonstrate my advanced beer cooler self arrest technique a couple of times on the walk up).

Windloaded and crusty 6" top layer that easily sheared off of (2) more 6" layers until getting into 18-24" of solid pack. We didn't go any higher as the slope we were working on was great for our purposes. Steeper slopes looked pretty sketchy based on what we were finding in our pits where we were practicing.

I only got these (2) meh shots with my cell phone (will get them up after I re-size them). One on glacier, one of the guys on top of the small point (10,850-ish) right across the lake from snowfield. Mongoose took a bunch of pics if you want more, you may want to PM him.

Big thanks to Greg and Nick for sharing their level 1 knowledge. Was a great day of practice with some good company. I think there were definitely some eyes opened which is never a bad thing :-D

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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby colokeith » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:05 am

Glad you guys had a good round of practice!!

I wasn't able to make it up this weekend. Is there interest from others in doing another day in the next couple of weeks. I am open this Sat / Sun.
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby MonGoose » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:38 am

On Saturday a group of 9 of us practiced self-arrests, avy compression tests and beacon searches on St Mary's "glacier" (aka glorified snowfield). I really enjoyed meeting all of you guys on Saturday and here are a few pictures from our day.

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Trekking up the glacier.
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Enjoying the day.
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby MonGoose » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:40 am

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Greg demonstrates a compression test for the group.
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Self Portrait
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby Steve Climber » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:50 am

Awesome shots! Is there some flash trickery going on to get foreground to stand out from snow as well as it does?

Was great to meet you as well. Hope to climb with you in the future.
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:56 am

Nick lives an oversaturated existence.

(Nice shots, 'goose.)
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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby k-berger » Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:42 am

Great times for sure! Lot's of valuable info shared, appreciate everyone taking the time to show some of the avy newbies the ropes. Now let's get out and actually climb? Right? Or did we decide that we just want to practice self arrest in front of any nearby ladies? Can't remember...

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Re: St. Marys snow/ice practice day?

Postby Nfreelen » Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:37 pm

Saturday was great. I really enjoyed getting to finally meet some other 14er's members. A huge thanks to Greg and Nick for their help. Now to find a way to use what I learned when I'm back in Texas. :-k

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