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PostWed Mar 08, 2023 8:55 am 
This is mainly a conditions report. As per usual, traveling between the trail and Treeline was a chore, especially near tree line. Conditions improved above the trees. The ridge had hard snow and ice on yesterdays trip. Crampons and axe (mountaineering boots). There was big wind making for a wonderful alpine experience. One could get cold fast if not prepared. The cornices at the summit, and west ridge, are impressive. Maybe as large as I've seen up there. They've grown in both directions this season, but still mainly from the south. I switched to snowshoes at the saddle and kept them on until I hit The Pratt Lake trail near Lake Olallie. Fun day in sometimes challenging conditions. Side note. I'm not a fan of traveling the summer route/trail in the winter. (i never do that) This Spring in particular. Our recent storms came through with plenty of wind and the steep slopes one travels under (on the summer trail) are loaded.
Also, I found a nice pair of gloves between West Granite and Lake Olallie. I would love to get them back to their owner. Stay safe out there, Cheers B!

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PostWed Mar 08, 2023 3:27 pm 
Beautiful pics! The south face of Granite is almost always avalanche prone in winter. Please consider your route carefully.

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PostWed Mar 08, 2023 6:33 pm 
DadFly wrote:
The south face of Granite is almost always avalanche prone in winter. Please consider your route carefully.
Such excellent advice. Truly. I'm always surprised to see this route in Dan A. Nelsons (Mountaineer sponsored) "Snowshoe Routes-Washington (Second Edition)". It does classify the route as "Backcountry". Backcountry is described in the front of the book as " These routes require complete competence in winter survival skills, avalanche and snow condition evaluation, and some basic mountaineering skills." In addition to avalanche danger, there is regularly hard ice and snow on this classic route. The front points were used yesterday. The risk of a long slide on hard snow are very real (especially in the Spring). Be safe, and don't get in over your head. Cheers B.

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PostFri Mar 10, 2023 12:26 pm 
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Cool shot!

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PostThu Mar 23, 2023 8:50 am 
Just a heads up. A hole has opened up on the traverse to the saddle. Maybe fifty yards west of Granites summit. Not something you want to have to climb out of.

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PostThu Mar 23, 2023 9:06 am 
Yikes, did you run across my track from Tuesday? Surprised to see only one set of prints in your pic. I imagine that will all get filled in today/tomorrow.

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PostThu Mar 23, 2023 9:45 am 
neek wrote:
Yikes, did you run across my track from Tuesday?
I did. I could see the hole as I approached and it and made my way around it. Spent some time opening it up a bit. It's deep, and narrow. Possibly a bergschrund opening up as that massive cornice begins to sag? Looks like you were able to snowshoe up the ridge (winter route). Much firmer conditions yesterday on the SW face route. Sweet "hero snow" so crampons the whole way up.
Hey, thanks for the track up West Granite! So nice! Saved me enough energy that I was able to make to Pratt. smile.gif Cheers B!

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