Peak:  Mt. Sneffels (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Shawnee Bob
 Date of Info:  06/24/2013
 Date Posted:  06/24/2013

Going up the southwest Ridge, its mostly free of snow. What is there is mostly avoidable or bootpacked and hard enough early in the day thats its easily negotiable. Going up the standard, the top half of the gully leading to the notch is still mostly filled with snow. Recommend an ice axe and crampons, and on either route, wear a brain bucket.

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 Comments or Questions

6/27 update
06/28/2013 02:59
Conditions largely as reported. The SW ridge route can be done without any gear besides the aforementioned brain bucket. The snow crux of the route--the snow-filled gully leading up to the notch in the ridge--can be climbed sans snow by ascending the rocks to climber's left (it's class 3, but still easier than the crux gully immediately after).

On the descent of the standard route, at least by late morning, we found crampons unnecessary but ice axes very good to have along (some folks made it up and back with no snow gear whatsoever). There was a decent dry area above the snow near the V notch. You may need crampons with an early start though. Doubt the snow in the standard upper gully will be around for more than a few weeks.

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