|Peak:||Atlantic Peak (13er)|
|Date of Info:||06/04/2011|
Did Atlantic via the West Ridge this morning...
4WD road is impassable still from the 2WD parking lot and will be for a long time yet.
Snow the entire way up to the ridge proper. I wore snowshoes until then, and stashed them at the base of the ridge. They are not needed for the ridge...I brought crampons but didn‘t use them. The snow was very solid and there is only one spot that got my attention. There is still a pretty big cornice roughly halfway up, but it is easily traversed with care. A lot of the snow on the ridge can be avoided as well.
Get an early start or you will be post-holing like crazy in the trees.
Go out and get it...the West Ridge is in prime shape for ascents!
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