Peak:  Mt. Antero (14er)
 Route:  West Rib
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  RobLowe
 Date of Info:  01/09/2021
 Date Posted:  01/11/2021

There's a solid trench. Four of us went up on Saturday. Saturday's snow maybe deposited a new inch, at most. There were not avalanches below tree line as was reported a week earlier... what we observed is typical sun produced heat loosening rocks from ice on small slopes and pin-wheelies and roller balls. If there had been an avy that crossed the road, there would be a significant mound crossing the road (no such mounds were encountered below tree line; there were some above tree line along the road, however). This is an easier route in winter compared to more benign peaks that become significantly harder in winter (e.g. Belford or Missouri). The road is near two potential avalanche slopes below tree line. West rib is basically dry, with notable exceptions in the gully created by the two ribs that lead to the summit's shoulder.

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 Comments or Questions
01/12/2021 08:48
did you need snowshoes at all? thanks!

No flotation
01/13/2021 11:11
1 of 4 of us used snowshoes. 2 of us started with skis but we turned back after .25 miles, skied to the car, ditched them, and re-caught our party.

Full disclosure - the only flotation I support is skis. I think snowshoes are slow and disfavor them regardless of condition.

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