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 Peak:  "Drift Peak" (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  Monster5
 Date of Information:  04/02/2011
 Date Posted:  04/02/2011
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TH plowed. Packed trail to treeline - snowshoes needed after until steep section at 12550 (gain cornice at break downslope around treeline). Crampons/ice axe needed after. Snow on ridge - typical mix of bulletproof and land mine/talus wind shadow. Sugary snow with hard wind slab (not thick or avy prone) on ridge. Signs of avy off ridge in north-facing bowls. Major cornices. WIND seems to come consistently from SW over ridge. 3 parties turned back from traverse to Fletcher due to wind and underestimating Drift.

Image 1: Ridge to Drift
Image 2: Upper Ridge
Image 3: Pacific/Atlantic coverage (Crystal looks similar - cornices. One group successfully climbed/skied)
Image 4: Traverse to Fletcher (blurry around Fletcher)



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