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 Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  West Slope
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  rleclair
 Date of Information:  06/18/2011
 Date Posted:  06/19/2011
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Quite a bit of snow at Geneva Lake with very few if any "dry" campsites. We had to dig out of a flat snow bench to pitch tents on 6/17/2011. Solid snow conditions from Geneva Lake up to the base of Snowmass. Crampons, axe, helmet required in ascending 45 degree snow climbs via the numerous gullies. Our team was climber's left of the center gully and ascended solid snow to the rock bands near the top. From there, packed crampons and traverse climber's right to the Snowmass summit. Some "airy" class 3 moves to gain the summit. Enjoyed soft snow conditions on monster glissades from near the summit to the base of Snowmass.


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