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Anybody climbed it recently? Winter ascent?


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though you shouldn't underestimate [i:45ed03086d]any[/i:45ed03086d] highcountry peak in winter, assuming you're taking the standard route, quandary is no more than a walk.

be aware that the relatively steep slope just before the summit is prone to avalanche.


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We are planning on the standard route this weekend, but it may get some new snow. I was just wondering about snow pack and whether snowshoes would be needed.


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You'll definitely want snowshoes. Better yet, don't waste time with snowshoes, use skis (tele or randonee). At least then, after walking up, you can ski down. Definitely bring avy beacons, watch that upper slope. Be sure to check the avy conditions and ask some locals about the snowpack.


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what most folks don't seem to understand is that above treeline the slopes get wind scoured. don't bother with the skis until spring. snowshoes are advisable; and don't forget your crampons.


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You think the upper slopes will be that wind scoured?


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That really all depends on whether or not the route crosses on the leeward or windward side of the slope


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Nothing like a good cornice to post hole into, keep you on your toes eh?


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Well, I'm not going to bring my skis. The weather is looking clear for Sunday, so we'll see how it goes.


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I did it last winter a couple times, watch out for avalanches on every route. There were a few on it last winter Snowshoes are a must. Great to ski down.


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Last year I brought my skis and brought some ski crampons just incase but never needed them...I took skis off at about 12,000ft and walked to the top...the chute to the south? looked good for skiing but looked very avalanche prone due to it's aspect and the amount of wind blown snow on it..


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Climbed it this morning (friday). there is 3-4 ft. of powder below the treeline. There is a good packed trail but skis or snowshoes are needed. I took my skis off for a moment and was postholeing..above the treeline was 2-6 inches of windpacked snow between the Talus. There was no avy danger today on the east ridge above treeline and moderate danger below..there was severe danger on the south chute to blue lake..I left at 6:00 and the temp at the trailhead was -22deg F. Brrr. It warmed up to 10deg by 9:00 on the summit but there were harsh winds averaging 40-50mph above treeline on the ridge. I decided to take skis to the top and it was an adventure trying to weave through the talus on the upper slopes...the snow was nice for skiing below 11,500 though.


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Last year I brought my skis and brought some ski crampons just incase but never needed them...I took skis off at about 12,000ft and walked to the top...the chute to the south? looked good for skiing but looked very avalanche prone due to it's aspect and the amount of wind blown snow on it..

That's the Cristo Couloir dude, it makes a great spring snow climb/ski descent, but definitely wait for consolidation and hit it early in the morning. One of my all time favorites.


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We saw snowless slopes from treeline all the way to the summit some weeks back. Do start after sunrise though. It gets brutally cold the higher you go, so an alpine start may not be the best option.


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