|2015-07-09||Route: Upper Ice Lake/Fuller Lake
Posted On: 2015-07-09, By: sunny1
Info: Attempted Golden Horn-Vermillion-Fuller today. Trail clear to upper Ice Lakes Basin with a few high stream crossings requiring wading; above the upper Ice Lakes, there are snow fields to circumnavigate. They are not firm enough to support body weight, not firm enough for snowshoes. When we got to the basin immediately below the peaks, we were in feet of deep, sloppy, slurpee snow. After several sloppy full body postholes - without foot contact with the ground below, we had to turn around. We could not navigate through the snow - snowshoes not helpful, ice axe and crampons useless. A kayak with a paddle might be better! Very deep, unconsolidated snow! It looks like late spring up there. It needs a few more weeks to melt out, IMHO. The snow lines from both the Fuller-Vermillion saddle and the Scarlet saddle between Vermillion-Golden Horn are not continuous to the basin below.