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Army pass conditions

Post by rogler » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:37 pm

Heading up through this area next weekend to Crabtree. Is there still a lot of snow? Better to go through Cottonwood pass?








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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:56 pm

Hi Rogler,

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Heading up through this area next weekend to Crabtree. Is there still a lot of snow? Better to go through Cottonwood pass?
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I was up in that area on June 5th. I did not go up New Army Pass, but it seems passible. I just did a conditioning day climb up Army Pass (from HM), summited Cirque Peak, and back to HM. There was snow at the last switch back on New Army Pass when I was looking down at high lake. If you are going to Langley, I would climb up Army Pass. It's closer to the summit and a great climb. You'll need Ice axe and crampons for sure up Army and Langley. Very little snow on the plateau above Army before Langley ascent.
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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by alpinemike » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:29 pm

I just finished a trip through this area. I went over New Army Pass on Sunday June 12th. It is mostly snow-free except at the very top switchback where an ice ax and at least micro-spikes are necessary. I looked at New Army the day before and it had a lot of snow on it and I would certainly not advise going over it unless you are experienced with steep snow travel. It also snowed at least 4 inches on Sunday.. Most of which melted if it fell on bare ground but if it fell on snow it may have stuck and accumulated even more.

Cottonwood Pass is completely snow free.
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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by rogler » Fri Jun 17, 2016 5:44 am

what type of weather can we expect this time of year?

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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by Wandering Daisy » Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:25 am

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.ph ... 2QHnknn-70

Every year is different. For example we just had an unusual late winter storm dropping a few inches of snow. I use the NWS web forecast (link above) to check on weather. You can zoom in and click on the area you are interested in. These forecasts change as new information is obtained. Generally they are accurate for a few days, less so after five days.

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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by TRAUMAhead » Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:50 am

Anybody use OAP recently?
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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by MarchingOn » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:39 pm

Headed up to the area next weekend 9/30 - 10/2. Can update for conditions when I return.

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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by Mdmustang302 » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:03 pm

Summited Langley via old army on sept 23(yesterday).. Not a drop of snow left.. But getting cold at night..
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Re: Army pass conditions

Post by MarchingOn » Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:54 pm

MarchingOn wrote:Headed up to the area next weekend 9/30 - 10/2. Can update for conditions when I return.
Weekend was cold and clear. So was Langley. Old Army Pass was completely clear too.

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