Peak:  North Star Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Polaris Couloir
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  FoxintheForest
 Date of Info:  05/28/2020
 Date Posted:  05/28/2020
 Details

The road is closed at the gate, but the road to the dam is clear (just not clear enough for cars).
Mostly packed snow and mud on the approach.
The freeze-thaw cycle we supposedly got over the last couple of days didn't actually happen here. Snow is super faceted with a thin crust over trash. Started in the couloir before 6 am. Soft-ish but still good at the start, however, once we got higher the snow rapidly deteriorated even though the sun wasn't strong quite yet.
The low lying valley has gotten (maybe) a light freeze in the past few days, but the upper half of Polaris hasn't been frozen for a minute. We bailed almost mid-way up from the base after the snow just junked out. We quickly went from sinking just a few inches to post-holing knee and crotch deep - it was 6:45 am.
The top is definitely melted out on the left side. Figured it would be safer to downclimb and live to send another day.




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