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Snowshoes or crampons this week?

Postby Ska-T » Wed May 08, 2013 7:57 pm

If you were going over a SEKI NP pass this weekend, say Glenn Pass from north to south, would you carry snowshoes or crampons/ice axe? TIA.



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Re: Snowshoes or crampons this week?

Postby BrianF » Wed May 08, 2013 9:56 pm

Last weekend on the east side of Kearsarge all the snow we encountered was much more posthole than crusty. In the mornings when it was still frozen it was good booting without the spikes. It may be different on Glen pass, most of the snow we were on was amongst trees. Here is a pic of the Rae lakes area from 5/4.
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Re: Snowshoes or crampons this week?

Postby maverick » Thu May 09, 2013 9:17 am

If timed right with the snow not being to soft (afternoon) or to early (ice) than you
should be okay. Hiking poles will help and just in case you are a little early some
micro spike are a good back up plan.
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Re: Snowshoes or crampons this week?

Postby Ska-T » Thu May 09, 2013 9:46 am

BrianF wrote:Here is a pic of the Rae lakes area from 5/4.

Outstanding information, thanks! That's more snow down below in the basin than I anticipated (in this low snow pack year).
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