Snowpack was way better in the spring of 2017. My estimate is that we are a month to a month and a half ahead of 2017. I skied Granite to the base of the avy path in late April that year. This year it's been out for a couple weeks already.
Obviously that could all change with a couple cool, wet weeks. (fingers crossed...)
Thanks again for all of the info. I love my hammock but may have to settle for a tent if I can't find enough reasonable spots to camp. When I had a Colchuck pass someone suggested hammock camping part way up Aasgard in the trees shown. (thanks whomever I stole the photo from) Is this reasonable? Then we would be closer to the core to start day 2.
Thanks again everyone.
Maybe you've already moved on from this idea. I would say a major drawback from using this site is distance from a water source. I don't think even the creek that drains down that slope would be particularly accessible from there.
I think water would be fairly accessible. Here's an image that shows the area better. Be aware of dangerous waterfall holes. The concern I might have is whether the area is within the Colchuck zone. The permit area map shows the border at ~6400' which is right on the edge of the outcropping.
The OP mentioned they were awarded a permit for the Core Zone. The "golden" permit, Core zone, still allows the holder to camp in any of the 5 permit zones. So although you are expected to be in the Core zone since it is so desirable, they could camp in the Colchuck zone instead. If it were me, I'd push on to the Core zone and set up camp there.
I would push on to the core zone but one of our group members is my father who is in his 60s. He hikes 2-3 times a week and is pretty experienced but still worries me a bit. He has already started training for this hike with increasing elevation hikes twice a week... but still...
JPH, sounds like the snow is melting pretty quickly. I am sorry for the skiers but I hope it continues for our sake. How do you keep updated on the conditions? I would love to be able to follow this and be prepared.
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