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-The snowline and quality of the snow really varied according to the orientation of the land and the sun. When I went up Silliman, the snow started at 9500. But Colby Lake at 10584 was clear as an August day.
-Upper Tableland was not so bad as one could navigate to avoid a lot of snow, but I went out of my way to cross it in the earlier morning so that the snowier stretches would be colder and less likely to collapse on me:
-Yes, what I call Lonely lake Pass is the same as Horn Col:
-Yes, what I call "the basin under Elizabeth" is Deadman Canyon. Crossing it was fine, but once again, I did it early in the morning: I came down a pass to the southeast of Copper Mine Peak, not the north one that is shown on the HST map, and it was steep and required the axe. I noticed one fresh pair of 12 point crampon tracks lower down the snow incline; whoever it was chose to ascend up the rocks that looked too sketchy to me. The long descent down into Cloud Canyon was in the afternoon and the post-holing the most nerve-wracking. The other place that gave me post-hole trouble was the southern ascent up to Talus pass. I actually spent the night on top of Talus Pass so I could descend on the north side in the morning. The snow was ice at 7 am and tough work, but the distance between safe rocks was not far: Most of what I show is already a week old, and everything was melting fast. Still, waiting at least one more week might make for a less difficult trip.
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