|Peak:||Pyramid Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||01/07/2012|
Conditions are what you would expect: main trail snowshoe/ski packed to the turn off point at 10,200. We used skis to the flat area the summer trail passes through before switch-backing up to the cirque. Two to three feet of faceted snow with some thin wind slabs in open areas were found on the way up to the cirque, which made difficult traveling conditions. Open steep (>30 deg) areas were avoided, though we did release a small loose, dry avalanche on the way down. Once in the cirque traveling eased briefly until the flat boulder field below the north face. There the snow became punchy. The ascent from the boulder field to the saddle at 13,000 feet was relatively easy when compared to the route from Maroon Creek to the cirque. Snow depth averaged about 2' of facets. Near the ridge there was a thin wind slab. We stayed out of the main couloir and stuck to the rocks (mostly bare - see picture). The saddle was our high point due to the expected storm moving in 12 hours sooner than expected.
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