|Peak:||Kit Carson Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||05/15/2011|
Attempted OB on 5/15/2011. There is no snow on the willow lake approach up until the headwall. From the top of the headwall the trail into willow lake is about 1/3 melted out. The snow around the lake held weight fairly well and we did not use snowshoes. There was no snow on the trail getting around the lake and above the lake snow was not a problem. Dug a pit at the base of the OB and found a very stable base layer, but on top of that there was 3 inches of powder, followed by 1-2 inch melt/freeze layer, with an additional 1-2 inches of powder on top. We made it about 1/3 up the OB before deciding the conditions were not quite ready for climbing.
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