Lost River Snow Conditions

Lost River Snow Conditions

Dan
Dan

March 24th, 2014, 3:11 pm #1

Not the typical way of determining snow conditions, but a non-hiking friend posted this on FB.
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Dan
Dan

March 24th, 2014, 3:12 pm #2

This is from Saturday FYI.
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Dan
Dan

March 24th, 2014, 3:20 pm #3

Not the typical way of determining snow conditions, but a non-hiking friend posted this on FB.
Looks like they crossed over the White Clouds and ended up near the Sawtooths:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/61489266@ ... 9185/show/
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Joined: April 14th, 2005, 2:42 am

March 24th, 2014, 3:25 pm #4

Great beta!
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Joined: October 3rd, 2006, 6:10 pm

March 24th, 2014, 4:09 pm #5

I have not gotten into the range yet this year.
Looks like ice climbing season for the LRR is just around the corner.
Kevin
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Joined: March 9th, 2012, 5:43 am

March 24th, 2014, 5:13 pm #6

Not the typical way of determining snow conditions, but a non-hiking friend posted this on FB.
Very nice, thanks for sharing!
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Joined: August 13th, 2013, 2:57 am

March 27th, 2014, 12:46 am #7

Not the typical way of determining snow conditions, but a non-hiking friend posted this on FB.
https://m.flickr.com/photos/61489266@N0 ... /lightbox/

I know I've seen this before but can't remember what it is...anyone know?
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Grant B.
Grant B.

March 27th, 2014, 3:37 am #8

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Grant B.
Grant B.

March 30th, 2014, 12:43 am #9

Not the typical way of determining snow conditions, but a non-hiking friend posted this on FB.
On Saturday, my wife and I went up to the saddle/ridge (11,440) along Breitenbachs normal Pete Creek trail route. We would have gone to the summit, but we lost a pair of glacier glasses along the way and wanted to limit the chance of snow blindness. Anyways, here are my general snow observations:

Below 8,000 feet: Patches of snow.

8,000-9,200 feet: Two of three inches of snow covering hard compacted/iced snow. On the way down at around 11:00am, we could do standing boot glissades along some sections of Pete Creek.

9,200-11,200 feet: Two inches of crust. For me, weighing 195lbs, I sank an additional four inches into the soft underlying snow.
*Looking down from 10,800-ish

11,200 ridge and up: Windblown. Patches of snow mixed in with the rocky terrain. As evidenced by the 5-8 foot cornices, the northeast side looked very wind loaded.

*Looking at Breitenbach (the second peak to the right)
*Looking southeast.

Note: We went up about half way two weeks earlier and as far as we could tell no one has been out there since. LOTS of snow has melted in the last two weeks. The only trace of our old tracks were sporadic spots where I had postholed up to my thigh.

Here is a shot of Lost River Peak too:
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Grant B.
Grant B.

March 30th, 2014, 12:47 am #10

Ooops. This report is from Friday not Saturday... My bad.
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