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|2014-06-12||Route: NW Bowl
Info: Lots of good snow in the Northwest Bowl. Have to use the lower Mayflower TH as the road has snow coverage 200 ft beyond the big parking lot. Road was well packed snow, and didnt really have any issues postholing on the way in or out. Past the mine was a different story, plenty of postholing at 7a.m. and 10a.m. Flotation would have helped a bit, but wasnt horrible. Continous snow line can be had from the mine (and a little below) all the way to about 300ft from the summit. Fun glissade down from the top of the bowl, wished I would have had a snowboard under my feet
|2013-06-18||Route: North West Bowl
Info: Still plenty of snow in the NW Bowl (lower right pic 1). I got an early start and it held crampons well at 7:30. Roach lists this as moderate snow (30-45 degrees). I was measuring slope angle on the way up. Last check was 40 degrees. It appeared to get just slightly steeper after that. So, Roach is accurate. This was my first "real" snow climb (crampons, firm snow, over 35 degrees). Going solo, it was exhilarating and certainly had my full attention. Coming down I was cautious and followed the Villa Ridge for just a bit to get to sun softened snow and to avoid the steeper section which was still somewhat firm. I traversed back into the NW Bowl and plunged stepped until through the rock constriction (pic 2), where the angle lessens. Then glissaded the rest of the bowl. Post holing was surprisingly not too bad going out across the flat bottom. If going up by the Villa Ridge (pic 3) I would recommend traction and/or axe if you are early, before the snow softens, or if it is a cloudy morning.
|2013-03-16||Route: Villa Ridge
Info: Attempted to climb Drift on 3/16, but only made the ridge and took in some views. Trail to cabin was a veritable highway, skin up to the ridge was on packed powder, with some recent slab avalanches and cornice falls visible. Once on the ridge, it was easy going until the steeps of the ridge. Unconsolidated snow made for some challenging scree-post-holing.
|2012-11-03||Route: Villa Ridge
Info: Southern aspects are dry. The ridge has a couple inches of soft snow around. Used poles and gaiters the whole day. Axe and traction stayed on my pack. Fun but slow. Good luck.
|2012-04-29||Route: Villa Ridge
Info: Road up to Mayflower Gulch is still snowed over, but melting steadily. Snow in Mayflower Gulch and the upper bowl is firm enough that snowshoes are not necessary. Snow on the ridge requires attention in the narrower spots. A lot of rock is showing, and talus-hopping is unavoidable. Edit: For skiers, the upper Villa Ridge is well-covered down to the basin. Atlantic‘s west ridge looked bone dry, although I cannot say the same of the trees leading to its base.
|2011-04-02||Route: West Ridge
Info: 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)