Peak:  Mt. Massive (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Grover
 Date of Info:  05/18/2013
 Date Posted:  05/18/2013
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The SW Slopes of Mt. Massive are holding snow from 11,600 ft. all the way to the summit. A snowboard/ski descent off the summit is possible. I crossed over from the East Slopes bowl to the SW Slopes on foot, only to avoid the various rocks poking through at/near the top of the saddle.

What you need if you are going:
Crampons - Yes, I used them for the entire climb while on snow to the summit.

Microspikes - Suggested, as I used them from 11,100 ft. till 11,600 ft., then switched to crampons. Snow covers most of the rocks/trail after the sign junction, when you start climbing up the bench.

Snow Shoes - YES! In the trees, specifically between 11,100 ft. and 10,900 ft., the snow was deep, and the consistency was that of a Slurpee. Post holing in the afternoon was an issue.

I used trekking poles all the way up to the summit, and then carried my ice axe with me during the ride down the SW Slopes.




 Comments or Questions
guangxiren

Crampons
05/19/2013 22:33
I only have microspikes and snowshoes. Is it feasible to climb without crampons this coming weekend?

Thanks,

-Z


Grover


A: Crampons
05/20/2013 18:10
Hhhhhmmmmmm, I must say, that is personal choice. My recommendation is crampons would be needed, due to the amount of time spent on the snow, climbing up to the summit. I used crampons to climb up +/- 3000 vertical feet of snow. You may want to look at the East Slopes route, which still has snow on it, but the angle of the slope is much lower. I hope this helps.



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