|Peak:||Mt. Arkansas (13er)|
|Route:||NE to N|
|Date of Info:||05/06/2012|
The road heading up from the TH off the highway is mostly dry, though an early drift necessitates a short walk up the basin. Plenty of patchy, postholing below treeline in the afternoon (snowshoes probably wouldn't help). Negligible or short snow sections above.
NE Couloir - in, 'cept for the choke. Deviated from it due to a late start (partner never showed), but another pair cruised up after a detour up the valley. Relatively recent ski tracks. Some wet slide activity on similar aspects. Gets sun-hit early.
E Ridge couloirs - in and shadier than the NE couloir.
NE ridge - mostly dry, basically a moderately exposed, narrow talus scramble with straight-forward notches. Gained it after the first low gendarmes and connected with the N ridge route.
N ridge - a mix of cornice and dry. The spicier sections up top were dry (c2+ bypasses or c4 ridge direct). The lower section was either tundra or cornice snow. Posthole descent through the trees down to the car.