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 Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Dancesatmoonrise
 Date of Information:  01/23/2011
 Date Posted:  01/24/2011
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Tough conditions in the Como Basin. Lots of wind slab. Scree is not frozen in place. Highly variable snow, from bulletproof stuff to soft powder to unconsolidated fall-apart sugar.

The bottom of the road is dry to 8800 feet. From there to 10,300, there's variable snow up to half a foot. Shady north aspect areas from there to Como Lake have about a foot of powder. We put in a trench, but by the end of the day many areas above treeline were windblown over.



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