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 Peak:  Mt. Oxford (14er)
 Route:  From Pine Creek
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  taylorzs
 Date of Information:  03/24/2012
 Date Posted:  03/26/2012
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You can skin into Pine Creek from about a mile in. We were going to climb/ski the south face but turned around due to avalanche instabilities around 11,000'. Widespread whumping, cracking, and collapsing was observed between 10,200' and 11,000' due to radiation recrytallization in the basal layer caused by the recent sun crust over thin snow cover. I would expect similar conditions higher on the route as well coupled with a deeper slab. Snow travel gear is necessary for the approach. The south face was still a little sketchy due to avalanche concerns in my opinion. The south shoulder is probably doable if you are not looking to ski.



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