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Icy conditions on some routes

Postby Scott P » Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:40 pm

Just got back from Lindsey and found some rather treacherous ice (a thin layer of snow over a layer of ice). Since it wasn’t in an exposed area, it was nothing life threatening, but more than one person (whom we didn't know) did slip on it on Saturday, including one lady who banged her leg up pretty good. Although snow in Setepmber happens every year, taking Yak Tracks, Stabilicers or even microspikes is always a good idea.

Such conditions are probably only confined to shadowed routes on north facing slopes right now (Lindsey or the north side routes on the Crestones are ones I can think of), but just in case, it would be a good idea to throw a pair of traction devices in your backpack when heading out this time of year. They really don’t weigh much, so it wouldn’t hurt to carry them.
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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby peter303 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:01 am

And this is news?
You have to assume this possibility All The Time when you see snow dusting
and after late August.

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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby Scott P » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:32 am

And this is news?


No, just a friendly reminder. Snow in September happens every year. I will edit the post, but thought it was pretty clear as to the message.

You have to assume this possibility All The Time when you see snow dusting
and after late August.


Yes, that's what the point of the post was.
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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby Magnum420 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:10 am

Just an FYI for those that might need it.

The divide is looking pretty white this morning. I think the snow line was about 11,000 feet last night.
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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby Winter8000m » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:20 pm

I found some severely iced conditions a couple days ago while going ice hunting above 13k :-D Winter is not too far away!

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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby lackerstef » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:25 pm

peter303 wrote:And this is news?
You have to assume this possibility All The Time when you see snow dusting
and after late August.


Might as well help remind. Waste of a post IMO.

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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby DeucesWild » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:52 pm

lackerstef wrote:
peter303 wrote:And this is news?
You have to assume this possibility All The Time when you see snow dusting
and after late August.


Might as well help remind. Waste of a post IMO.


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Re: Icy conditions on some routes

Postby RosieTheSummiter » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:16 pm

I appreciate the post. I was thinking of doing this one this weekend and may reconsider in favor of something a bit less icy. Thanks for the info! :-D
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