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Ice axe needed for Echo Col?

Postby snowblind » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:53 am

I am going to head over Echo Col in a week or so and was wondering if anyone knows if an ice axe is needed. The late snow has me a bit stumped, but it seems that much of the snow in the general area is nearly gone. I will be spending some time in the Ionian area as well.

Opinions are okay as well. I haven't seen any recent reports.



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Re: Ice axe needed for Echo Col?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 01, 2015 11:56 am

I haven't seen any recent reports.


This report has pictures looking into Ionian Basin (6/16), personally I would not take one, maybe take micro spikes (and of course hiking poles), and time my ascents of the passes for when the snow is not to hard, nor to soft. viewtopic.php?f=34&t=12300&p=97275#p97275
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Re: Ice axe needed for Echo Col?

Postby snowblind » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:17 pm

Thanks Maverick. I missed that post.
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Re: Ice axe needed for Echo Col?

Postby snowblind » Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:47 pm

No real snow to speak of over Echo and Haeckel Cols...no need for ice axe or micro-spikes.

However, there was snow today on Tioga (even closed it for 3 hours) so things may have changed since last weekend.
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