Peak:  Bard Peak (13er)
 Route:  Woods/Urad Mine
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  IHikeLikeAGirl
 Date of Info:  03/24/2012
 Date Posted:  03/24/2012

Most of the ridge for Englemann-Robeson-Bard-Parnassus-Woods, is dry. Ridge from Bard to Parnassus has a couple of snow fields, but an ice ax was not necessary, if you stick to the ridge proper. Very little snow in the area, above treeline. Below treeline, we encountered thigh deep snow to bare dirt. The east, NE, north, and NW faces had quite a bit of snow, especially on Woods Mtn. Used snowshoes down in the trees, micro spikes were nice at times, but you could get away without them. Ice axe needed, depending on route choices. Careful of route choice on the descent. Impromptu shear tests on north/NW faces proved that there were weak layers.

 Comments or Questions

Missed you by a week
03/25/2012 05:27
Just did Engelmann-Robeson-Bard last week. Wanted to continue to Parnassus, possibly Woods, but partners had St Patty's parties to attend. Watch the bulletproof snow just below Bard - I took 30 foot unplanned glissade on a failed attempt at plunge-stepping. Hadn't bothered to get the axe out. I looked really silly trying to arrest with my trek pole.


We saw your tracks
03/25/2012 15:01
I was with Bob and Kate and they commented that they thought the tracks we saw were yours. Sorry we missed you, but glad you were able to self arrest with your trekking pole.

Good thing you stopped at Bard, coming off Woods and avoiding the avy terrain, proved to be quite the challenge....

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