|Peak:||"North Massive" (Unranked 14er)|
|Date of Info:||02/01/2015|
The current trench for Massive trends a bit far right between the N Massive and Massive ridges. I.e. well-positioned to make a loop out of Massive and N Massive though it adds an additional 3/4 mi RT to just Massive.
Snowshoes used both up Massive NE and down N Massive NE ridges for about a mile each near treeline (thanks to Yikes and crew for some morning breaking). Windswept or hardpack on both ridges above treeline. Axe used briefly between Massive Green and N Massive though probably not necessary on a less windy day (we were hiding just off the ridge rather than taking the ridge proper). Sustained 35-40 mph with a gust or two about 50 mph. No stability concerns on route and choosing a good line near treeline to access/drop N Massive NE ridge.
Around 15.5 mi for the loop though a lot of it cruiser. Probably goes by faster if you don't have to brace every dozen ft.